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. 

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) co-hosted a forum to discuss the Oakland A’s proposed new ballpark across the estuary at Howard Terminal and redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum location. The event took place at Michaan’s Auction Theater at Alameda Point, not far from the proposed stadium location.

Bring Mom and the whole family to Downtown Alameda for a celebration of spring during 19th annual Downtown Alameda Spring Festival on Mother’s Day weekend. Enjoy art, music and dance during the Love Our Island Art Walk kick-off event on Friday night, May 10. Then continue the fun at the popular street fair on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Come see what’s new at the Spring Festival and stay to enjoy all that Downtown Alameda has to offer!

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