Health and Wellness

Agoura martial arts school takes competition to the mat

KARATE KIDS—In late June, five students ages 10 to 17 from the Agoura Hills World Champion Karate School competed at the USA International Martial Arts Championships in Las Vegas. They came home with 17 first-place awards, four seconds and four thirds. Top left, Maria Gorodnya, 17, of Westlake Village took first in intermediate point and continuous sparring. After moving up […]

Too much screen time? Chances are your eyes are really feeling it

One study shows Americans spend more than17 hours a day using technology


The world may be opening up, but electronic devices are not shutting down. As children and adults shift from learning and working remotely, screen time and the associated side effects may decrease, but people will still be spending hours in front of a computer or with a digital device. Even before the pandemic, the average American spent over 17 hours […]

Moms aim for a Gigi’s Playhouse



When a mother is determined to make something happen for her child, nothing can stop her. Bring 12 mothers together and nothing is insurmountable. Simi Valley residents Kirsten Riddick and Cara Armstrong and Chatsworth resident Laurie Samaan are on a mission to open a local GiGi’s Playhouse achievement center for people with Down syndrome. GiGi’s Playhouse Inc. is an Illinois-based […]

New doctors come home to practice medicine

In 2004 Moorpark High school student Yasimin Taheri worked as a volunteer at Los Robles Health System. This week, she returned to the hospital as Dr. Yasimin Taheri, a member of the inaugural Graduate Medical Education class at Los Robles. Taheri said she is beyond thrilled to join the hospital and once again serve her community. Taheri knew at a […]

Bumblebee Foundation buzzes over to Idaho

The Westlake Village-based BumbleBee Foundation, a pediatric cancer organization founded in Southern California a decade ago, will expand its support services into Idaho starting next year, officials from the organization said. The foundation supports over 370 pediatric cancer families throughout California and is looking forward to helping more families in need in Idaho, officials said. “Even though we are expanding, […]

Website educates parents about vaping

County makes push to inform about THC, nicotine


The Ventura County Office of Education doesn’t want students’ health to deteriorate in a puff of smoke. The agency has launched a website to inform parents and educators about the dangers posed by vaping, nicotine and cannabis, which the site calls “The Triple Threat to Teen Health.” The site explains that the cartridges used in most of today’s popular vaping […]

Fixing Medicare’s sign-up program

COMMENTARY /// Senior healthcare


Each year, an obscure federal rule forces thousands of seniors to pay penalties for the rest of their lives simply because they made an honest mistake while signing up for Medicare. That number will rise unless Congress modernizes the program’s enrollment process. Seniors are twice as likely to be working today as in 1985. So more of them have to […]

Bingo, no Alzheimer’s

Stopping human trafficking

Poker run to cover 85 scenic miles

Soroptimist International of Conejo Valley will host its second annual Poker Run on Sat., June 26. Day-of-race sign-in will be 8 a.m. at Forever Found, 2321 Tapo St., Ste. D, Simi Valley. Kickstands up at 9 a.m. The last stop will be 5:30 p.m. at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. Refreshments and tickets for raffle baskets will be available for […]

Help make houses wildfire safe

Virtual talk to cover home hardening

Senior Concerns will present a virtual community seminar titled “Understanding Wildfire and How to Prepare Your Home” from 4 to 5 p.m. Tues., July 13 via Zoom. Elaine Himelfarb, executive director of Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council, will lead the seminar. The program will cover ways for residents to prepare for the next wildfire. Attendees will learn about home hardening—addressing […]


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