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A Guide to 15 Inspired Workout Regimens

Dance, paddleboard, slackline, row, cycle, kickbox, and run your way to fitness.
January 22, 2015

A Guide to 15 Inspired Workout Regimens

Dance, paddleboard, slackline, row, cycle, kickbox, and run your way to fitness.
January 18, 2015

The Guru of Breathing, Jonathan 'Fitness' Jones

This regimen eschews jumping and running for deep-breathing exercises.
November 03, 2014

Early Intervention Important for Hearing Loss

Gerry Litton and his wife, Carol, live in Oakland with six cats—and one other fuzzy addition that has crept into Litton’s life over the years: hearing loss.
October 08, 2014

Standing Desks Ease Some Back Pain

Berkeley graphic designer Jessica Greenwalt, 28, was worried about mounting pains in her wrist and shoulder from hunching over a tablet all day. When she heard about standing desks, she thought she might have found a solution. To start, she created a makeshift standing desk; in June, she switched to a convertible standing and sitting desk. She noticed that standing made her more alert at work, but also helped diminish her pain and stave off early warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome.
October 07, 2014

The Trouble With Mercury Fillings

If you’ve ever had a dental filling, chances are you’ve got some mercury in your mouth. Those so-called silver fillings are a mixture of liquid elemental mercury and powdered silver, tin, copper, and other trace metals that hardens into a solid material that dentists have considered an excellent solution for cavities for more than a century. But concern has been growing as to the safety of these fillings, with some experts citing dental mercury’s dangers, especially to the kidneys and the nervous system.
October 03, 2014

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter on a Good Death

Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D., is an attending physician at Alameda Health System’s Highland Hospital in Oakland and specializes in palliative care. But to the world she’s known as an expert on the one thing that most people don’t want to think about: death.
October 03, 2014

Early Intervention Important for Hearing Loss

Gerry Litton and his wife, Carol, live in Oakland with six cats—and one other fuzzy addition that has crept into Litton’s life over the years: hearing loss.
October 03, 2014

Standing Desks Ease Some Back Pain

Berkeley graphic designer Jessica Greenwalt, 28, was worried about mounting pains in her wrist and shoulder from hunching over a tablet all day. When she heard about standing desks, she thought she might have found a solution. To start, she created a makeshift standing desk; in June, she switched to a convertible standing and sitting desk. She noticed that standing made her more alert at work, but also helped diminish her pain and stave off early warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome.
October 03, 2014

Doctors Doing Their Best

As residents of the East Bay, we not only live in a beautiful and diverse area, but we also have access to some of the nation’s top-ranked physicians. Yet even drawing from a large pool of talented and experienced medical professionals, finding a doctor who takes your specific insurance plan, has the right qualifications, and offers a good bedside manner can prove to be a challenge.
October 03, 2014