Health Matters

As my parents age and cope with chronic disease, I see first-hand how the healthcare system fails them and countless other seniors. Whether it’s polypharmacy (my father-in-law takes 17 medications daily) or abysmal care coordination of vulnerable patients (my father’s impaired memory leads to many follow-up orders not communicated between doctors), America’s healthcare system has lost its way. Adding insult to injury, Americans spend more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet outcomes rank dead last among industrialized nations.

Skin care studio will host show on surviving sexual assault

In recognition of April being Sexual Assult Awareness Month, a new set of artwork will be featured in an opening reception set for Friday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition titled Electrified Fruit, will take place in a new venue. Nofu Skin Studio, located in a historic house on Clement Avenue, announced it will now be a stop on the 2nd Friday Artwalk. 

 

I saw a cartoon on Facebook of a boy standing in a doorway wearing a backpack. His mother was standing behind him. She said, “Watch where you are walking, look before you cross the street, don’t talk to strangers, pay attention and follow directions.” He looked around and said to her, “Mom, relax. I am just going to school.”

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision — usually side vision — by damaging the optic nerve. That’s the nerve that sends information from the eyes to the brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it without having trouble seeing or feeling any pain. That’s why glaucoma is often called “the sneak thief of sight.”

he public is invited to learn about viruses and microbiology as part of Alameda Free Library’s Social Science series at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. This is a free event open to all ages.

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