Health Matters

Courtesy photos &nbsp&nbsp This caterpillar will one day transform into the monarch butterfly.

How to Build Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Tiny Garden Spaces

Oct 11,2018

Sadly, the monarch butterfly population is declining. One of the primary reasons is the loss of open space where the monarchs’ host plants, milkweeds, grow. Alameda gardeners can help increase the monarchs’ numbers by building habitats in even the smallest of yards.

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Therapy Only Works When Patients are Motivated

Sep 20,2018

 

Seeking professional help is not for everyone. When a client comes to my office, I ask them to fill out a couple of forms. One asks for basic data. The other is a consent form. A client, or parent, must sign that they are agreeing to therapy and are there of their own choosing. 

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City Takes Action on Tobacco Dealers

Sep 06,2018

On Jan. 26 City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance requiring of tobacco retailers be licensed. The ordinance would also include a ban on the sale of menthol and other flavored tobacco. Licensed tobacco dealers will need to pay an annual fee.

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On Reacting to Politics

Aug 16,2018

 

The last two weeks, I have heard many people tell me they have stopped watching the news. They say they feel overwhelmed, scared, depressed and helpless. I have asserted for many months that I believed the political agenda is affecting people more than they are aware. 

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Courtesy columbiasurgery.org &nbsp&nbsp A colonoscopy is the best way to prevent and detect colon polyps and cancers, but getting screened is what matters most when younger than 75.

Office Has Options for Colonoscopy

Aug 16,2018

Though colorectal cancer cases have been steadily decreasing for the past two decades, it remains the third-most-common cancer in both men and women — with 90 percent of cases in people age 50 or older. 

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Dr. Anita Gaind

Meet the Medicare Doctor Right Here in Town

Jul 19,2018

Seniors make up about 15 percent of Alameda’s population, yet many are forced to leave the Island for healthcare due to both a shortage of physicians and practices capping the number of Medicare patients they’ll accept. 

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Cataracts typically develop as the human eye ages.

Medicare Can Help with Cataracts

Jul 19,2018

Cataracts often come with age and can affect anyone’s vision. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. New eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses may help symptoms. If not, surgery may be necessary.

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Friendship for Children

Jul 19,2018

A man told me a story about his 10-year-old son, Jeff — a good student and a well-behaved child. Jeff is somewhat quiet and did not begin to develop strong friendships until the past year. Four boys have become good friends. They play video games and hang out at school together. 

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Courtesy agewellvt.org &nbsp&nbsp A critical part of preventing falls and other health problems as one ages is staying physically active and promoting wellness. To this end, Medicare covers an annual wellness visit to determine a patient’s health risks.

Taking Full Advantage of Medicare Benefits

Jun 21,2018

As people age, it’s important to receive wellness care: healthcare that may lower risk of illness or injury. Medicare pays for some wellness care, but it does not pay for all the wellness care a patient might need.

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