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New Depression treatment introduced by Bay Area businessman

BY TIFFANY YOUNG According to the latest statistics, there are more than 16 million individuals in the United States who have experienced clinical depression in the past year. They make up around 6.7 percent of the country’s total population, and this number is alarming. Experts are saying that this number …

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West Nile in Martinez; fogging launched in multiple areas

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – West Nile virus has been found in a group of mosquitoes north of Marina Vista near Fairmont Road, and in a sentinel chicken near Escobar and Pine streets in Martinez, said Deborah Bass, public affairs manager for the Contra Costa Mosquito …

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There’s no excuse for these moms

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Everyone knows that being a mom is tough. Finding time to balance kids, a household and work is difficult. Often times, moms end up making their health the lowest of their priorities. Some moms are too busy to eat healthy. Other moms struggle with finding a gym …

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The Kid’s Doctor: Simple precautions can help avoid hot car deaths

By SUE HUBBARD, M.D., www.kidsdr.com The Kid’s Doctor Heat stroke is the second leading cause of non-traffic fatalities among children, with the first being back-over deaths. As summer temperatures soar, these tragic accidents become all too frequent. The state of Texas leads the country in child vehicular heat stroke deaths, …

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Take precautions to avoid ticks and Lyme disease

MAYO CLINIC Q&A Tribune Content Agency DEAR MAYO CLINIC: In the summer, my kids play outdoors most of the day, and we’ve found ticks on their clothing. Is Lyme disease something I should be worried about? What are the early symptoms? Does bug spray keep ticks away? ANSWER: Lyme disease …

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What’s next for California’s contentious vaccine law

JULIA HOROWITZ Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year. The following is a look at what …

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Data registry helps Contra Costa emergency providers save cardiac arrest patients

A national data registry that helps Contra Costa emergency medical providers optimize the initial treatments that cardiac arrest patients receive in Contra Costa County should become standard across the country, according to a study issued by the Institute of Medicine. The Institute, a nonprofit that is part of the National …

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