Category: Medical Care

Calling Out the Cult of Chlorine Dioxide

The medicine show is back in town. You know, the one where the self-proclaimed “doctor” sells bottles of cure-all off the back of his wagon to people desperately looking for help for a sickness? In the old days, the bottle usually contained a mixture of basically nothing medicinal—plus a good shot of alcohol. These days,…

State Expands Fight Against Opioid Crisis

Silhouette of a woman taking a pill

California continues to expand its efforts to combat the opioid addiction crisis with a boost of federal funding and a program model from an unlikely East Coast source. The latest component of the state’s medication assisted treatment plan for opioid addiction is called the Hub and Spoke System, which is based on a similar, highly…

Conversations About the Hardest Loss

In the United States and around the world, the announcement of a pregnancy has been cause for celebration, followed by months of speculation (boy or girl?), photos, nesting, and all manner of noisy mommy/baby/new parent/grandparent celebrations. But when a baby dies before, at, or shortly after birth, the silence can be deafening. Up until a…

La temporada de la serpiente cascabel está aquí: consejos para mantenerse seguro

Por Laura Kujubu Las posibilidades son bastante bajas. Sólo alrededor de 300 casos de mordedura de serpiente cascabel en California se reportan cada año, de acuerdo con el Sistema de Control de Envenenamientos de California (CPCS como sus siglas en inglés). Sin embargo, con las intensas lluvias a principios de este año y el clima…

Getting Sick on a Trip Can Be a Headache If You Don’t Plan

Beyond lost luggage, getting sick is another event that can throw a major wrench into a relaxing, enjoyable vacation. As part of your travel preparations, take steps to ensure you’re ready for when the unthinkable, and inconvenient, happens. According to a July Consumer Reports article, the following tips can help reduce stress and confusion if…

O’s Para Los Ojos

Tienes una cita con un profesional de la visión. ¿Sabes qué clase de licencia tiene? Mucha gente no sabe. Los siguientes profesionales trabajan con los ojos de una u otra forma y sus títulos comienzan con la letra “o”, pero existen diferencias importantes en su educación, capacitación y áreas de especialización. Aquí están los tres…

Concierge Medicine: A Return to Old-Fashioned Care

Same-day appointments, phone conversations with your doctor, long visits, and house calls. These health care services, from a seemingly bygone era, may be possible with concierge medicine. Also known as “boutique medicine,” concierge medicine entails patients paying an annual out-of-pocket retainer fee—which can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars—to have access…