Health & medicine

All in the Family

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Sep, 2017 Issue

Twenty-one years ago, Gurcharan Singh Chandi left Punjab in his native India for America, searching for a more prosperous life. By 2000, he had saved enough to bring his wife and four children from India to join him. By 2000, he had saved enough to bring his wife and four children from India to join him.

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Street Talk

Columnist: Christina Julian
Sep, 2017 Issue

 Despite all the money that lingers in these hills, how is it that our sidewalks border on unwalkable and in certain places flat out missing?

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Breast Health Update

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Aug, 2017 Issue

Marin County hit a dubious milestone in 2001. It reached its peak as a hot spot for breast cancer, cementing its reputation as the county with the highest rate of the disease in the nation. The following year the Women’s Health Initiative released results from a long-term national study that showed a strong correlation between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer, and doctors responded quickly to find alternatives, causing the rate to drop.

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Health, Happiness & Prosperity

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2017 Issue

Let’s be honest, Marin carries a reputation. From the outside, it’s chock full of drum circles, versions of yoga that haven’t been invented yet and aura readings. The county just north of the Golden Gate is credited with knowing the difference between chi and chai and snuggling New Age culture so close to its bosom it’s practically old hat. And while some Marinites might chafe at a status linking their hometown with a sacred journey to find a state of Zen, others take those organic free-trade lemons and make lemonade. Hello, Marin General Hospital.  

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2017 BEST Health Care Provider: Kaiser Permanente

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Kaiser Permanente is this year’s winner for Best Health Care in the North Bay. “Kaiser Permanente’s focus on quality, prevention, and the social determinants of health is keeping people healthier; often preventing illnesses and disease from occurring in the first place,” says Judy Coffey, senior vice president and area manager in Marin and Sonoma, of its success. “This is saving and improving lives. That’s total health.”

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A Health Care Plan Even Congress Will Love

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
May, 2017 Issue

They've had six years to write, revise and review their promised replacement health care plan and the best they could come up with is a plan so weak that in the end even its proponents were criticizing it. National healthcare is broken, completely collapsing in some markets around the country. The Affordable Care Act was enacted into law in the middle of the night and no matter its noble intentions, its fatal flaws were revealed in the reality exposed by the light of day.

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Living With Chronic Pain

Author: Karen Hart
Feb, 2017 Issue

Chronic pain is a cruel companion that attacks the body physically, mentally and emotionally. It can be mild or excruciating, but it’s always persistent and inconvenient—sometimes even incapacitating. “Chronic pain is a condition that impacts your ability to function normally in your daily life,” says Holly Kelly, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine practitioner.

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Here We Go Again

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
NB Persepective, Feb, 2017

Is it really a shocker that people would choose zero income tax over thirteen percent?

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The Healing Power of Gratitude

Columnist: Kirk Pappas, M.D.
Jan, 2017 Issue

Small and specific gestures of gratitude are the most powerful.

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January 2017 Help

Jan, 2017 Issue

Helping those in need with local programs.

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It's All About the Real Estate, Baby

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2016 Issue

Real estate here is about as far from normal as one should venture without adult supervision, smelling salts and a bank you think you can knock over.

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The Flu and Flu Shots: Misery, Myths, and Misconceptions

Columnist: James Devore, M.D.
Oct, 2016 Issue

A case of the real flu is putting you in the Octagon with the biggest meanest bully on the block. You're going to to take a beating.

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The Health Care Debate in Three Simple Questions

Columnist: James Devore, M.D.
Oct, 2016 Issue

Health care systems will be given a fixed dollar amount to care for a set population.

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Passage: 10,000 Degrees

Author: Juliet Porton
Aug, 2016 Issue

By bringing new opportunities to underserved youth, this local nonprofit is changing lives, one college degree at a time.

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Providence: Dr. Emil Kakkis

Author: Jean Doppenberg
Aug, 2016 Issue

For this Marin-based geneticist, it’s all about the patients.

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2016 BEST Health Care Provider: Kaiser Permanente

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Kaiser Permanente Marin/Sonoma has been voted Best Health Care Provider in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Womens Health at All Ages

May, 2016 Issue

Prevention of HPV infection holds the hope of true prevention for cervical cancer.

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A Healthy Relationship

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Feb, 2016 Issue

Doctors need to know, as completely as possible, what's going on with you if they're to help you with your health.

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A New Chapter

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Feb, 2016 Issue

Marin General Hospital's new building is designed to meet upgraded seismic standards, and it's also a new opportunity for a new approach to healing and wellness

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January 2016 Read

Jan, 2016 Issue

Books to look out for

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Moment to Moment

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2015 Issue

What we know about Alzheimer’s disease today

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Life's Work

Author: Juliet Porton
Dec, 2015 Issue

These local leaders in the worlds of business and the arts prove that meaningful careers don't need to end at retirement age—or ever.

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Does Your Doctor Have the Blues?

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Dec, 2015 Issue

EMR was supposed to be the answer to comprehensive, coordinated medical care in the 21st century.

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December 2015 Health

Dec, 2015 Issue

Promoting health and well-being

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Health Care Checkup

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2015 Issue

What’s happening with employer health plans and the Affordable Care Act

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Aging and Rabbit Stew

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Sep, 2015 Issue

They key to embracing the aging process is exercise.

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A World Apart

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Sep, 2015 Issue

Value and ideals add up to national success and local respect for a small Novato investment firm.

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Pet Project

Author: Juliet Porton
Sep, 2015 Issue

Sometimes, taking good care of your pets means finding a pet care service you can trust.

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The Silent Killer

Columnist: Steven Levenberg, D.O.
Aug, 2015 Issue

Checking blood pressure regularly and making necessary lifestyle changes can save your life if you have hypertension.

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What Is Past Is Prologue

Columnist: Kirk Pappas, M.D.
Jul, 2015 Issue

Dr. Pappas takes a big-picture look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act.

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Good to Go

Author: Karen Hart
Jul, 2015 Issue

North Bay hospitals work to minimize patient stays.

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Full Disclosure vs. TMI

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Jun, 2015 Issue

Is honesty always the best policy?

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BEST Of 2015 People: Hidden Heroes/Satellite Health Care

NBB Best Of, May, 2015

 Silicon Valley-based Satellite Healthcare let its employees choose how to give back.

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2015 BEST Health Care Provider: Kaiser Permanente

Author: Juliet Porton
NBB Best Of, May, 2015

Kaiser Permanente Marin/Sonoma has been voted Best Health Care Provider in the 2015 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Gift of Life

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2015 Issue

The promise and challenge of organ transplantation in the North Bay

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Resilience As a Vital Sign

Columnist: Kirk Pappas, M.D.
May, 2015 Issue

Take your resilience “pulse.” It’s a vital sign in your life and the lives of others.

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A New Start

Author: Elaine B. Holtz
May, 2015 Issue

Palm Drive Hospital reopens as Sonoma West Medical Center.

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What Works: Allowed and Disallowed: Grumbles about Health Insurance Costs Breed New Solutions

Author: Keith McNeil and Jordan Shields
May, 2015 Issue

Despite the promises made by politicians and the health care and insurance industries, prices continue to rise in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act’s passage.

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The Biological, Economic and Political Case Against Vaccination

Author: Donald E. Harte
Apr, 2015 Issue

In response to “The Vaccination Debate” [Feb. 2015], here’s another viewpoint.

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The Health Benefits of Wine

Columnist: Steven Levenberg, D.O.
Apr, 2015 Issue

Drink up, people—but keep it moderate.

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40 Years in the Trenches

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Mar, 2015 Issue

Dr. DeVore takes a look at how health care has changed since the 1970s.

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Living Well

Author: Karen Hart
Mar, 2015 Issue

The challenges and milestones of health care for the past 50+ years

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The Vaccination Debate

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Feb, 2015 Issue

Immunizations: personal choice or public responsibility?

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The Power of Prevention

Author: Kirk Pappas, M.D.
Feb, 2015 Issue

The power of prevention is in your hands.

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Screening

Author: Steven Levenberg, D.O.
Jan, 2015 Issue

Screening tests can be an important step toward identifying common health problems.

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Perspective 2015: Napa County

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Dec, 2014 Issue

A year of challenge and accomplishment

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Perspective 2015: Marin County

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Dec, 2014 Issue

Fertile ground for great ideas

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December 2014 Health

Dec, 2014 Issue

Feeling better is what it's all about

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Marin General Hospital Wants You to Be Healed in Your Happy Place

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2014 Issue

Marin General Hospital is taking an interesting turn with its marketing efforts.

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Worth the Wait

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
Dec, 2014 Issue

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has made its emergency department into the best it can be.

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As Seen on TV

Author: Kirk Pappas, M.D.
Dec, 2014 Issue

Just say, “No mas” to televised ads for prescription medications.

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Perspective 2015: Sonoma County

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2014 Issue

NorthBay biz shines a spotlight on the economy and culture of Sonoma County.

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In this Issue

A Passion for Perfection

David Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyard, is sitting across from me at his vineyard garden. His demeanor is considerate and responsible, stable and kind. But, if it were not for his passion, this ...

Wine and Weather

There’s no argument that the wine in your glass showcases the skill of the winemaker. Yet it was Mother Nature who engineered the growing season that made it all possible. Rain at the right ti...

Napa vs. Sonoma

Napa and Sonoma counties are remarkably similar on paper. They appear as next-door neighbors sharing a mountain range on the map, and rivers, valleys and fertile agricultural areas define the topogr...

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