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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]