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Health: No Worries!

You might say 2009 was The Year of the Worry. Whether or not you actually lost your job or your house, suffered a pay...

Alternatives for Healing

We ask four alternative medicine practitioners to describe their philosophies.When conventional medicine fails us, there are really only two options: Give up—or take a...

Butt Out!

Eight truths about smokingA doctor once told me that cigarette smoking is the No. 1 worst thing you can do for your health. Is...

Health: To Sleep, Perchance To Breathe

Carol Rivero tried to get used to the CPAP machine. But like many sleep apnea patients, she had just one problem: the mask.      “I...

Medical Guide: 8 Medical Tests That Can Save Your Life

You can divide medical tests into two categories: the ones we’re told to take—cholesterol screenings, colonoscopies, mammograms—and the ones on the “maybe” list—i.e., maybe...

Health: Vitamin D: 8 Things You Should Know

Vitamin D is finally having its day in the sun, as well it should: It’s the “sunshine” vitamin, synthesized in our skin from ultraviolet...

Cholesterol: A Numbers Game

So you just got the results of your blood test, and your doctor is concerned. He says your “bad” cholesterol is zooming up and...

Radical Surgery

A physician reconstructs a California rambler.Is there anything that screams “make me over” as loudly as small, dark rooms clustered around a weather-weary courtyard...

Losing the Weight—And Keeping It Off

Four locals weigh in on how they successfully shed the pounds.It’s January—and you know what that means. It’s resolution time.Actually, make that revolution...

Journeys with Cancer. Choosing Treatments, Choosing Hope

This started out as a story about treatment options for cancer patients.It remains, largely, a story about treatment options, told by five locals with...

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