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Do Brain Games Make You Sharper?

After suffering a brain aneurysm, author Maria Ross believes that Lumosity’s Word Bubbles game jumpstarted her quick-thinking abilities.
October 16, 2015

Best Hikes of the East Bay

The beauty of hiking in the East Bay is that it can be a lone experience not far from the trailhead. This guide includes lesser-known adventures as well as old favorites in a world of hiking microclimates with unique characteristics. From Alameda, Berkeley, and Crockett to Moraga, Oakland, and San Leandro with varying distances and levels of difficulty, these hikes are sure to please.
March 22, 2015

Chris Tam Comes Home to Alameda Do Skin Care

An Alamedan realizes her skin-care business dream by setting up shop, Rise Face and Body, in her hometown,
March 15, 2015

Gais GPS, AllTrails, MapMyHike and Other Apps Make Navigating Easier

When you take off for a hike, make sure you go prepared, particularly for longer treks. And don’t forget your phone—and one or two of these apt mobile apps.
March 3, 2015

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 3, 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 8, 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 7, 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 3, 2014