Health Matters

Most people don’t know that more than 1 billion people suffer from headaches each year. Headaches can last from minutes to months at a time and vary from simple discomfort to debilitating pain, preventing even ordinary activities. There are numerous kinds of headaches, each with specific characteristics and levels of severity — from harmless to life-threatening.

Some degree of depression has always been characteristic of adolescence. However, it has been affecting many young people more severely lately. Suicide attempts have increased. Many keep their feelings hidden, and this has caused many parents concern. 

Because of the biochemical changes and stress on teenagers, depression typically affects those between 12 and 18 years of age. As their bodies change quickly, academic and social pressures increase at the same time. 

Longtime Alameda resident Bing Seto recently returned from Guangzhou, China, where Aquarama, Asia’s largest tropical fish exhibition honored him with the prestigious “Global Ornamental Fish Lifetime Achievement.” The event marked Aquarama’s 30th anniversary.

Seto’s interest in discus fish started at the age of 19 years when he entered a tropical fish store at the local mall. There he saw discus fish for the first time. He had previously raised guppies and neon fish, but after seeing discus fish that day, he knew he wanted to try to breed them.  

Like many others her age, she hadn’t touched marijuana since the 1950s. But that was before her knee arthritis became so bad, it robbed her of sleep night after night. She took two over-the-counter pain pills a day, but the pain continued to wake her up, and the drugs were hard on her stomach. 

Then one day, she did something she never thought she would do: she made an appointment at a local cannabis dispensary.

“I was determined to live my life again,” said Alice, a 68-year-old Alameda resident. “I just wasn’t sure how.”

Celebrating with family is wonderful, but often not easy. Times have changed. People no longer live in their home towns. Or, at least, not all of the family members do. Some need to arrange for travel and housing. Other people can’t afford these occasions because of the cost of travel and hotels.