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The State of Health Care

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Feb, 2020 Issue

Finding ways to make sure everyone has adequate health care is one of America’s greatest challenges. As the cost of drugs and services escalate, so do insurance premiums, often making full-service plans unaffordable for many employers, who have no choice but to pass on much of the burden to their employees.

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Kid Safe? The Vaccination Debate

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Feb, 2020 Issue

Measles, mumps, chicken pox and other childhood diseases of yesteryear are making headlines again in the United States. Formally prevalent viruses and bacterium affected thousands of lives before a scientific wonder, the vaccine, largely eliminated many debilitating and often life-threatening conditions.

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Linking Wine Consumption with Health Claims is Risky

Columnist: Tim Carl
Feb, 2020 Issue

Today, nearly all foods and beverages make some sort of health claim, and nearly all of them are false.  

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Transparency and Health Care Consumerism

Columnist: Jordan Shields
Feb, 2020 Issue

Ask anyone who has suffered a serious injury or illness, or is living with a chronic condition necessitating continual and considerable expense, how they feel about the state of health care in the U.S. The inner workings of our health-care delivery system remain a mystery. Transparency is helpful, but like all such legislation, it spawns additional questions.

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Work/Life/Biz

Feb, 2020 Issue

From the local North Bay to nationwide, these are the leading business stories and statistics in the field of medicine.

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Adapting to Change is Paramount in the Wine Industry

Columnist: Tim Carl
Jan, 2020 Issue

For several decades, change has come gradually to the wine industry, but in the last few years the need for adaptation is accelerating. With the threat of yearly fires, ongoing intermittent power outages, changing demographics, shifting consumer preferences and growing health concerns over wine consumption the need to understand and adapt to these changes is paramount for grape growers, winery owners and everyone in between.

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Heal Thyself or at the Very Least Rebrand

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2019 Issue

It is all about the brand these days, just ask that guy living in the White House. And the lesson is not lost on Marin General Hospital, which has become MarinHealth Medical Center.

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Best Health Care

Author: Bonnie Durrance
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2019

Kaiser has built a reputation for its emphasis on prevention, with screening and education for healthy practices.

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The Secret To Graceful Aging

Columnist: Rajina Ranadive, M.D.
Apr, 2019 Issue

Don’t get old. These are not the golden years. Growing old isn’t for sissies. This is the advice I frequently get from my patients. Aging is an art form that we can master with the right mindset. And over the years, I’ve had the privilege of observing many of my patients’ secrets to graceful aging. In the spirit of this month’s “Women Business Leaders” issue, I thought I’d write about a few of my female patients who’ve left a lasting impression on me. Their names have been changed for patient confidentiality.

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Cannabis As Medicine

Author: Bo Kearns
Feb, 2019 Issue

In the pop culture of the ’60s, tie-dye attired hippies gathered in San Francisco’s Haight-Asbury district to smoke pot, protest the war in Viet Nam and advocate for civil rights. And though activism continued, attire evolved to faded denims, the preppy J. Crew look and Mad Men suits. Over the next two decades or so, cannabis, though still illegal, became socially acceptable replacing the martini at cocktail parties.    

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Planning for Long-Term Care 2019

Author: Arthur Neibrief
Feb, 2019 Issue

Do you have a plan for long-term care? Chances are, many of us will lose our independence one day. An accident, illness, frailty or cognitive impairment can change the course of a life. Almost half of our current population age 85 or older need supervision due to a cognitive impairment. Some people will only need care for a few months, while others will need care for six to 10 years or more. You can’t predict what happens, but you can plan.

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Jon Friedenberg, Chief Operating Officer, Marin General Hospital

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Feb, 2019 Issue

Jon Friedenberg is the chief operating officer at Marin General Hospital, and provides the overall direction for internal hospital operations. Previously, he was vice president of El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, where he founded the Genomic Medicine Institute, South Asian Heart Center, The Fogarty Institute for Innovation and the Center for Technology Integration. Friedenberg, who is married with two children, enjoys hiking with his family along Marin\\\\\\\'s trails and coastline when he’s not in the office.

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The Worlds of Health and Business

Columnist: Lawrence Amaturo
Aug, 2018 Issue

Welcome to the August “Health & Medicine” issue, which merges the worlds of health and business. Maintaining good health doesn’t happen by accident—it requires an intentional effort to make good lifestyle choices. Whether you’re a large employer or a small business owner, chances are you know how important it is to support the health of your employees. In this issue, there’s something for everyone.

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Integrative Medicine

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Aug, 2018 Issue

A 40-year old Santa Rosa mom with common, everyday life stress was suffering from migraine headaches so disabling that she would lose work several times a month. “Ordinary medications hadn’t worked,” says Catherine Gutfreund, M.D., “Alternative medicine is the old term for anything that was not Western medicine. Integrative medicine is now the term to use because alternative medicine gives the impression that it’s something other than traditional or Western medicine,” she adds.

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2018 BEST Fitness Facility: Parkpoint Health Club

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
NBB Best Of, May, 2018

Step inside the front door at Parkpoint in Healdsburg, and it feels as though the stresses of the outside world are left at the door. Suddenly, you’re in the stress-free zone. The café is inviting, where guests can order coffee, tea or wine, while reading the paper, and outside, the pools give a resort-like feel, with palm trees freshly pruned and members swimming laps and wading in the warmth. Walking upstairs, fitness classes are just wrapping up, and the sounds of the cycle class is dying down. It’s not just a place to exercise, but a place where members can decompress and enjoy the endless amenities not often found in other clubs.

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2018 BEST Health Care: Kaiser Permanente

Author: Judith M. Wilson
NBB Best Of, May, 2018

A commitment to total health and a spirit of community are values that define Kaiser Permanente. The Oakland-based health care consortium provides affordable physician-led health care to more than 312,000 members in Marin and Sonoma counties. While treating illness and ailments is its primary mission, keeping people healthy is equally important. “We believe that total health is more than freedom from physical affliction. It’s about mind, body and spirit,” says Judy Coffey, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and area manager for Marin and Sonoma.

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Wine Country Events & Preserving Agriculture

Columnist: Reuben Weinzveg
May, 2018 Issue

In October 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution tasking the permit department to develop and implement protective guidelines, policies, and standards to address promotional events and overconcentration of tasting rooms in certain rural areas. Since that resolution, the board has delayed taking action to implement an effective and enforceable Winery Event Ordinance. However, Sonoma County officials continue to approve new winery and event center use permits, exacerbating the negative cumulative impacts they had committed to address.

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The Arts

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Mar, 2018 Issue

Travelers from around the world make Northern California’s Wine Country a coveted destination. Excellent wine is undeniably a powerful lure, but Sonoma and Napa counties have more to offer. Alongside picturesque vineyards, hills and valleys, the arts thrive, too, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to enhance a Wine Country experience and make their stays memorable in more ways than just one. 

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In Focus

Feb, 2018 Issue

Sonoma County resident and former professional cyclist, Odessa Gunn, has two constants in her life: “I will always ride a bike, and I will always be an advocate for animals,” she says. After living in Europe with former husband and cyclist, Levi Leipheimer, Gunn’s pursuits remain focused on volunteering, rescuing and raising awareness for animals through her many organizations. “My mission is to save as many animals as possible while I’m on this planet,” she says. 

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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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In this Issue

Plant Power

The Economist called 2019 “the year of the vegan.” Indeed, we are seeing more and more plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. Many people...

Kid Safe? The Vaccination Debate

Measles, mumps, chicken pox and other childhood diseases of yesteryear are making headlines again in the United States. Formally prevalent viruses and bacterium affected thousands of lives before a sc...

Managing Workplace Stress

If you’re not stressed at your job and workplace, consider yourself lucky. In a recent Gallup poll, 55 percent of Americans said they are stressed during the day, 20 percent higher than the worl...

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