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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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City to host free Water Conservation Essentials workshop

The great California drought is here. In response to the serious water shortage, the State of California has mandated a 25 percent reduction in overall water consumption. The city of Martinez is following suit and asking residents to practice water conservation. To help residents do their best at saving water, the …

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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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The Soap Scene: Adam Rodriguez signs to ‘Empire’

By TOBY GOLDSTEIN Tribune Content Agency ADAM RODRIGUEZ SIGNED TO “EMPIRE”: Actor Adam Rodriguez, best known for his lengthy stint as Eric Delko on “CSI: Miami,” will have a recurring role on Empire’s second season, set to premiere September 23. He’ll portray Laz Delgado, a concert promoter whose slick personality …

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