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November 4 – 11, 2018 Is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Posted on November 6, 2018 - We see plenty of public service messages around the holidays warning us not to drink and drive. And these days, we can get a ticket if we’re caught texting or using our phone while behind the wheel. But there’s another driving hazard that’s pretty common during this time of year. Even if drivers have abstained from alcohol during a holiday party, heavy food can make them crave a nap—often just as they’re starting the drive home. Maybe they woke up very early to make the trip, or they spent the night in an unfamiliar place, where they tossed and turned for hours.

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Depression and Dementia—A Complicated Interconnection

Posted on November 1, 2018 - November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Memory lapses and other personality changes resulting from depression might make family suspect that an older loved one is developing Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment may not only alleviate these symptoms, but could also lower the risk of dementia.

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Pesticide Contamination: What You Should Know Before You Buy Produce

Posted on October 30, 2018 - We know it’s important to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. But what about the pesticides we might ingest when we consume fresh produce? Experts at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health recently provided guidance on this nutritional and safety issue.

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Dealing with Alzheimer's and Depression: Practical Advice for Caregivers

Posted on October 25, 2018 - University of California Berkeley experts offer advice for family caregivers whose loved one with dementia is also suffering from depression.

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Opioids Aren’t the Only Dangerous Pain Medications

Posted on October 23, 2018 - With so much coverage of today’s opioid epidemic, there is new emphasis on alternative pain treatment. For many people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal pain, this includes the use of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). This class of drugs includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and Celebrex.

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