Editorial

Back pain is a leading cause of disability, and spinal instability is often at the root of the problem. one in five Americans has chronic pain and is desperate for an effective and safe solution. There are numerous treatments available, such as cortisone injections and pain medications, but unfortunately, these only cover up the pain and can lead to an endless and possibly dangerous pain cycle.

The recent rise in measles outbreaks is making some seniors wonder if they were actually vaccinated for the measles virus or if they need to get their measles, mumps and rubeola (MMR) vaccine refreshed. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults 63 and older (those born before 1957) are presumably considered immune to the disease. They were likely infected naturally before the vaccine was invented, providing lifelong immunity. Most older adults born in or after 1957 received two doses of the MMR vaccine, and do not need to be re-vaccinated.

Adjectives are not always necessary. I am aware that people will sometimes describe someone as African-American or Hispanic. They do not describe someone as Caucasian. If the writing is an attempt to identify an individual, then the added characteristics would be helpful, but that often is not the case. 

Distinctively marked “parking meters” to raise funds for the homeless will soon be installed in Alameda’s business districts. The engineer and inspector at Public Works have finished their assessment of the proposed locations and finalized the 20 sites where meters will be installed throughout the city. 

The new meters will be located away from regular meters in order to avoid confusion, and locations have been approved in compliance with accessibility and encroachment policies. 
Public Works anticipates installation by the end of May or early June.

 

The 19th Annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is in the record books! The Downtown Alameda Business Association (DABA) continues to be amazed at the dedication and hard work that is contributed by the many that continue to make this event a beloved family tradition. Everyone at DABA loved dancing, eating, singing, shopping and celebrating Mom with the community.

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