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East Bay spa treatments put relaxation and rejuvenation first.

Is making more “me time” on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Jumpstart a more relaxed and tranquil 2014 with a visit to one of these terrific East Bay spas.
January 2, 2014

East Bay Physicians Directory 2014

A comprehensive directory of the East Bay's practicing physicians.
December 4, 2013

Tick Attack

If you think ticks and Lyme disease are only found on the East Coast, think again. While still relatively rare on the West Coast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, reported 61 cases of Lyme disease in California in 2012.
December 3, 2013

The Blood Donor Controversy

In recent years, gay Americans have achieved many victories including the right to marry and serve in the military, yet current U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines continue to prevent gay men from donating blood.
December 3, 2013

PMS: It’s Not Just in Your Head

We’ve all heard the jokes about premenstrual syndrome, but for the many women who suffer symptoms that can include painful cramps, mood swings, and depression each month, PMS is no laughing matter.
December 3, 2013

The Prediabetes Wake-up Call

If the results of your latest blood test show that you’re glucose levels are higher than normal, you aren’t alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 79 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as full-blown diabetes. A fasting blood glucose level in the 100- to 125-milligrams-per-deciliter range indicates that you have prediabetes.
December 3, 2013

HPV Protection for the Next Generation

Although the first vaccine against human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer, was introduced in 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, report the majority of teens still aren’t getting vaccinated.
December 3, 2013

The East Bay's Best Doctors

Being considered the best at anything often means taking on extraordinary challenges and succeeding—even if the odds aren’t in your favor. For the past 20 years, Best Doctors Inc., a company founded by two Harvard physicians, has conducted a peer-to-peer survey of the medical profession asking physicians, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?”
December 3, 2013

The List of Best Doctors

These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America’s 2013 database, which includes more than 45,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties. The Best Doctors in America’s database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit www.bestdoctors.com or contact Best Doctors by telephone at 800-675-1199 or by e-mail at research@bestdoctors.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors Web site.
December 3, 2013

Oakland’s Baby Boot Camp expands to Alameda.

The skies may be cloudy on a late-summer morning at Oakland’s Lake Temescal, but that doesn’t faze Baby Boot Camp owner/instructor Mary McQueen. Cheerfully she greets the day’s group of women and their babies before sending them off, the kids tucked securely in strollers, to warm up with a jog around the perimeter of the parking lot. As the women come back around, McQueen gathers them in a circle near the grass and directs them to begin a couple of sets of jumping jacks. “You got it, Ariana! Nice job, Laura,” she calls. “Grab some water, Megan!” Pretty soon they’re running along a trail into the park to the next station, where they’ll sweat through a round of (aptly-named) burpees—aka squat thrusts—while their babies enjoy the scenery.
December 3, 2013