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Staying healthy is a high priority for many. Here in Sonoma County we have plenty of fresh air, opportunities to exercise, and health pracitioners in a broad range of modalities. If you have information you want to share with our readers, please send us your articles.

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2017-10-22Oct 22, 2017

The American Red Cross will be opening a Client Service Center for residents impacted by the Pocket, Tubbs, and Nuns Fires on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the American Red Cross Santa Rosa Office (5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, October 29th.

2017-09-25Sep 25, 2017

Last month we looked at research exploring environmental influences on addictive behavior, Current scientific thinking is shifting away from previous models of a “moral deficiency” and of a “disease state” being the only issues behind addiction. More recent approaches view it as a complex interaction between the neurotransmitters in the brain, early childhood experiences (especially trauma), and current environmental stressors and reward systems. Yet contemporary treatment approaches tend to be mired in older views.

2017-09-22Sep 22, 2017

“This bill would almost certainly remove coverage from those who gained access through the Medi-Cal Expansion in 2014, and make access more difficult for those remaining on Medi-Cal,” said Elizabeth Gibboney, CEO of PHC. “This is a no-win situation. Any cost savings on the federal side will be shifted to the states and, in reality, shifted to nonprofit community organizations that would then provide care that would be unfunded. The loss in funding would devastate local rural communities, which have historically lacked access to care and would have to identify new funding sources or face the loss of valuable safety-net providers.”

2017-09-20Sep 20, 2017

Walk & Roll to School events create safer routes for students to walk and bicycle. They emphasize the importance of increasing children‘s physical activity, bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion mitigation, reducing our carbon footprint and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include more than 4,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.  Over 7500 K-8 Sonoma County students and their families participated in 2016, and an additional 1200+ high school students participated.

2017-09-15Sep 15, 2017

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) announced today that a group of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv) in Sonoma County. The WNv positive mosquitoes were collected in the vicinity of Wilfred Avenue and Whistler Avenue in Rohnert Park. 

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The Jewish Community Free Clinic is seeking volunteer Providers (MD, DO, NP, and PA) and Nurses (RN and LVN) to help us
provide care at our weekly drop-in clinics.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Single payer, universal healthcare, socialized medicine, call it what you like. The fact is that the United States is the only industrialized nation on earth without a universal healthcare system.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

Roughly 4 percent of us have some degree of brain damage from exposure to alcohol in the womb(1); such exposure is the single largest known cause of intellectual disability(2), although there is a wide range of severity (3)

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

Clearly something is out of balance in our society-- the most economically well-off in human history, yet with ever-increasing human want and suffering.

2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

Since February  Sonoma West Medical Center has added strong new leadership in the persons of Interim CEO John Peleuses, Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Vogelsang, Laboratory Manger Portia Diez, and several excellent additions to our clinical staff. We have been gearing up for new lines of service which should help stabilize the financial base for our hospital while allowing us to continue our excellent clinical care in all our current departments. 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

This is the time of year when many of us gardeners, if we’re lucky, have counters laden with about 100 zucchinis and all kinds of other produce pumping out of the garden

2017-10-12Oct 12, 2017

Sonoma Fire Info is a community service run by a group of volunteers collecting and verifying information about the fires affecting Sonoma county. Based out of the Chimera Arts and Makerspace in Sebastopol, we are compiling a live database and comprehensive website that has verified up-to-date information, resources, and news for those affected by the fires.

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Thanks to a collaborative effort between several local agencies, in 2016 Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities (GNAFC), one of 175 communities in the growing Age-Friendly Network in the U.S.

2017-07-20Jul 20, 2017

With the recent detachment of the Russian River area from the Palm Drive Health Care District, RRARA currently seeks ongoing funding for the RRARA Coordinator to be able to continue our important work.

2017-07-12Jul 12, 2017

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its School Pantry program, a child hunger initiative that helps ensure low-income families have a readily accessible source of nutritious food to prepare well-balanced meals at home. This generous funding will allow the REFB to expand the School Pantry program to a new program site, located at Roseland Elementary, and help sustain eight existing sites in Sonoma County.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Interested in exploring alternative healthcare options but find them a bit beyond your budget?

The Phoenix Rising Wellness Project is offering aCommunity Holistic Clinic twice a month in Guerneville, providing holistic healthcare to the community without the price tag that comes with most alternative therapies.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tick-borne diseases are on the rise. From May through July, people will get more tick bites and tick-borne diseases than any other time of year in the United States.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

A story in the Press Democrat on May 22 told an amazing story of a 6-year old boy who was resuscitated by a bystander after essentially drowning while playing in an apartment complex’s pool.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

“Ah summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it!”  —Russell Baker

2017-05-24May 24, 2017

The incidence of chronic illness, especially nonspecific inflammatory problems, and emotional distress like depression and anxiety is currently skyrocketing in our society. Many of these illnesses have not been very responsive to conventional, pharmaceutical-based treatments.

2017-05-24May 24, 2017

There may be no greater an endorsement for a medical procedure other than a physician saying he would have it performed for himself.

2017-05-18May 18, 2017

State Senator Mike McGuire’s groundbreaking legislation - SB 790 - that significantly restricts pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts and incentives to medical professionals was approved today in the Senate. California has an opportunity to put patient care and drug affordability before corporate profits with SB 790. 

2017-10-10Oct 10, 2017

Imagine being in fear of the person you care about most. Imagine feeling you have nowhere to turn because you lack resources, perhaps have children to care for and you don’t know if family and friends will believe you. It happens every day.

2017-10-09Oct 9, 2017

Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), which administers Medi-Cal benefits in 14 Northern California counties, is expanding services to its members affected by the fires in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. “We are extremely concerned about these devastating fires and hope that all of our members are out of harm’s way,” said PHC CEO Liz Gibboney. “We’ve launched emergency response plans to help members get the care they need.”

2017-10-08Oct 8, 2017

The Cavity Free Sonoma Pilot Project is for children ages 0-6 years of age who are enrolled in Medi-Cal. Families are provided with a dental assessment that lets parents know if  their children are at high, medium or low risk for dental disease. 

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Do you want to be an informed consumer and support a healthy environment in Sonoma County? Health information and wine expert Pam Strayer will present a guide to using publicly available information to see which vineyard pesticides are being used in Sonoma. She’ll also present information on how to support Sonoma’s best organic and biodynamic producers.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Legislation is making its way to the floor of Congress that could waste millions in tax dollars, by funding the attempts of dental lobbying organizations to force fluoridation on communities across the country. 

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Who do you know who has been diagnosed, was treated and is dealing with their adjustments to healing?  Perhaps someone who died from Prostate cancer? 

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Readers of this reporter’s August local and national articles on unpermitted cannabis growing expressed both appreciations and appropriate criticisms. Their feedback has made me aware of how complicated this issue is.

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