When will this pain go away?

By Dr. Niele Maimone Exploring Class IV Laser pain relief for injuries and post-surgical healing In 2004, Align Healing Center began using laser therapy to help patients relieve their muscle, joint and nerve pain. Due to the near miraculous results that laser can provide to a sprain, strain or chronic pain, our patients began to ask […]

American Cancer Society recognizes Peter Wong, MD

American Cancer Society honors Hope Hospice medical leader at annual event The American Cancer Society recently recognized the lifelong medical contributions of Hope Hospice Chief Medical Officer Peter Wong, MD, at their annual Jewel Ball fundraiser. Honored at the event along with Dr. Wong was the Honorable Ellen Tauscher, a former member of the United […]

What home health services does Medicare cover?

By David Sayen; Medicare covers a variety of heath care services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home. These include intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, and occupational therapy. Such services used to be available only at a hospital or doctor’s office. But they’re just as effective, […]

Medicare — CA seniors save $574 M on drugs

On the 48th  anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, new information released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows a strong Medicare program. In California, people with Medicare have saved $573,726,255 on prescription drugs as a result of the  Affordable Care Act. Nationally, these savings average $1,061 per […]

Inpatient or outpatient makes difference in Medicare

By David Sayen;              When you go to a hospital, does it make any difference if you’re considered an “inpatient” or an “outpatient” Yes, it does. Your hospital status (whether the hospital classifies you as an inpatient or outpatient) affects how much you pay for hospital services like X-rays, drugs, […]

Do you know someone with memory problems?

By Judith Horvath; In this day of hustle and bustle it is very easy to find that there is little time to deal with a close relative or friend who is having memory problems. It may occur to you that someone you care deeply about is having serious issues.  Steps usually taken are continuing trips […]

Grandparents can teach kids money management

By Joan Trezek:                Ask Steve Wilcox what one of the most important lessons a young person can learn is.  As the father of three as well as a certified financial planner, chances are good he’ll say: a saving behavior, and money management.  That’s because learning to save money […]

Health Officials Offer Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning

Contra Costa health officials are reminding people to practice safe food handling in hopes that everyone will have a happy and healthy holiday. Every year, millions of Americans get food poisoning from eating foods contaminated with dangerous viruses and bacteria that cause anything from nausea to hospitalization. It is especially important to practice safe food handling […]

Senior Discounts available savvy seekers

by Joan Trezek:                                      A well-known proverb says “with age comes wisdom”. And savvy seniors know that their years often make them eligible for discounts on services and goods. The really savvy ones realize that sometimes you just […]

Aging seniors often reluctant to accept help

By Judy Horvath:                There comes a time when all families must deal with what Mom and Dad NEED rather than what their parents think they need. Often this comes about suddenly because of a medical situation. Sometimes it is much more gradual and not as apparent. Usually, the […]

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