Testing for Tuberculosis

Contra Costa County health officials are investigating a case of tuberculosis (TB) involving a high school student in Antioch.  The student was confirmed to have TB on March 25, and is no longer infectious.  The Contra Costa Health Department’s Tuberculosis Control Program is working to ensure all appropriate measures are taken to protect students and […]

Good health in cancer prevention

By Michael Forrest, MD: The World Health Organization estimates that eight million of the 84 million expected global cancer deaths in the next decade will be due to avoidable causes. The organization has designed a cancer prevention control plan that will seek to reduce chronic disease death rates by two percent a year up to […]

Shoulder pain relief: healing rotator cuff injuries

By Dr. Niele Maimone, DC:          Exploring class IV laser therapy for shoulder rehab The Rotator Cuff muscles (four muscles in total) are the primary support structures for the shoulder. Therefore, even minor dysfunction associated with these muscles can create pain and decreased performance of everyday tasks.  A Rotator Cuff injury can […]

Help for a child’s stuttering

by: Patty Reed The DVD in English and Spanish, Stuttering and Your Child: Help for Parents, helps parents detect stuttering and take action toward helping their child and is available at most public libraries. Some libraries have an older video format. Produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation, the film describes what kinds of stuttering young children […]

Federal Form I-9 Revised

(March 11, 2013) The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9 for use in verifying employment eligibility on Friday. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee. The USCIS stated that the revisions to the form include: A new field; Reformatting to reduce errors; and Clearer, user-friendly […]

Help for small businesses to compare health plans

In 2010 California created the first Affordable Insurance Marketplace, called Covered California. Starting in 2014 Covered California will help individuals and small businesses to compare health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for tax credits for private insurance or health programs and enroll in a health plan that meets their needs. […]

BART & Caltrans to close N. I-880 Sundays in March

Closure Scheduled 1am to 6am March 17 and March 24 BART and Caltrans will need to close all lanes of northbound Interstate 880 (I-880) at Hegenberger Road, on Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, March 24, 2013 between the hours of 1AM and 6AM. These early morning closures are necessary to allow crews to construct the Oakland […]

Women on Common Ground, Spring 2013

Women on Common Ground is a series of naturalist-led programs for women who love to hike, camp, or otherwise play in the out-of-doors, but whose concern for personal safety keeps them from enjoying the wonders within their own parklands. Activities celebrate natural and cultural history and are designed to help women reclaim the joys of […]

What is sinusitis?

By Dr. Karen Fong:                                          Sinusitis is infection or inflammation of the paranasal sinuses (often just referred to as sinuses), which are air-filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity. Most humans have four pair of paranasal […]

Gone to seed

By Judy Adler:                      “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” —Henry David Thoreau I […]