California Condor recovering from near extinction

By James Hale, Wildlife Biologist:             The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) was nearly extirpated due to human activities. The population dipped to a low of nine individuals living gin the wild in 1985 and through the help of humans has made a remarkable recovery. Several factors contributed to their demise […]

Navigating the New Year with a New You

By:  Darrell MacAulay                                The New Year.  It is almost impossible to think about the new year without thinking about the old one. A cursory examination of last year’s major headlines quickly reveals this is a deeply troubling and challenging time […]

Acupuncture for Cancer Patients

by:  Michael Forrest, MD                                            We are all familiar with the benefits of standard cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.  But, there are also complementary treatments which can help with side effects of […]

Bats common and beneficial in Contra Costa

By James Hale:                                      With the recent report of a death from rabies caused by contact with a rabid bat in southern Contra Costa county, we asked James Hale to give us some background and information on bats […]

Cancer and Bone Density

by Amanpreet Buttar, MD:                                     Osteoporosis literally means “porous” bones. It causes bones to become abnormally thin, weakened, and prone to factures. Postmenopausal women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis as the levels of estrogen, a female hormone […]

Local Emergency Phone Numbers & Information

Ambulance — Medical Emergency Dial 911 American Medical Response (AMR): dial (800) 913-9106 Business office  (888) 650-5486   Primary dispatch (800) 925-9116     Alternate dispatch Primary ground ambulance service.   California Poison Control System 1-800-222-1222. Anytime, Anyplace in California   American Red Cross 1300 Alberta Way Concord, CA 94520 (925) 630-7400   Contra Costa […]

The positive trend of surviving cancer

The positive trend of surviving cancer

by Dr. K. Kenneth Chao:            Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report an increase in the number of long-term cancer survivors in the United States.  As of 2007, there were more then 11.7 million survivors, compared to the reported 3 […]

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 […]

Healing Arthritis Pain The Natural Way

by Dr. Niele Maimone, DC:  Joint pain, known as arthritis, comes in many forms. The most common type is osteoarthritis, known as “wear and tear arthritis”. Joint pain can flare up for a number of reasons, some of which may be overlooked by conventional practitioners. Many of my patients ask me if their pain is […]