Health and Wellness

Don’t wait to switch out those LED bulbs

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment

For those who are waiting until their incandescent light bulbs burn out before switching to LED bulbs, experts agree—from both a financial and an environmental perspective—it makes sense to throw those perfectly working bulbs in the trash and replace them with LEDs. Severin Borenstien, a professor at the Haas School of Business, in his online Berkeley Blog, uses people’s unwillingness […]

‘Dear Cancer’ essay contest deadline is midnight Feb. 29

The deadline is approaching for entries in this year’s eighth annual “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” high school essay contest. The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/ Santa Barbara invites students in grades nine through 12 attending schools from the West San Fernando Valley to Santa Maria who have experienced cancer to submit essays. The entry deadline is midnight Sat., Feb. 29. Compositions […]

Master plan in the works for a graying California

As the Golden State gets grayer, the impact of California’s aging population on public services will be enormous. A variety of studies contain statistics that point to ongoing problems, including a jump in the state’s suicide rates among seniors and shortages of in-home caregivers. “One of the darkest signs is the rise for the first time in homelessness among people […]

Agoura Hills talking trash: price increase

Thoughts about trash usually extend as far as remembering to drag the cans to the curb before the truck comes by. But there’s a bill behind that service, and Agoura Hills residents can expect a slight increase in the cost of waste pickup in March. Recent changes in the industry have increased the cost of trash disposal, and as part […]

Baking and health lecture

Valley Outreach Synagogue, together with Sharsheret, will host a women’s health event to raise awareness about current trends, research and prevention of women’s cancers. Pink Challah Bake: An Evening of Women’s Health and Empowerment, will take place Tues., Feb. 18 at VOS, 26670 Agoura Road, Calabasas. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Guests can make pink challah bread while hearing Dr. […]

Seniors celebrate the gift of years

Eye implants are the clear winner

COMMENTARY /// Aye eye, doc

Presbyopia implant in eye, aka PIE, has led to a revolution in vision restoration. The procedure has eclipsed Lasik as the No. 1 choice to improve vision in people over 50. Like a good tailor, a good surgeon knows that one size does not fit all. This holds true even with PIE. There are four classes of FDA-approved PIE: accommodative, […]

State says cannabis stores need ‘quick response code’

Even though marijuana is legal in California, there are still shops that operate outside the law and sell products that may not meet state testing standards. The lapse could lead to a range of health issues for the people who consume them, officials say. In an effort to direct customers toward safe, legal dispensaries, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the […]


Marking two years of free dental care The Conejo Free Clinic’s new state-of-the-art dental clinic marks its second anniversary Wed., Feb. 12. Opening in 2018 after three years of planning, fundraising and construction, the clinic continues to provide dentistry free of charge for low-income adults and children. Services include dental exams, X-rays, treatment plans, cleanings, fillings, dentistry for seniors, pediatric […]

Another first in the treatment of brain injury

Thousand Oaks resident Craig Winter was watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV last year when his wife noticed that his breathing became labored. A few moments later, the left side of his body went flaccid. His wife called 911 and a short time later the 55-year-old Winter would become the first stroke patient in California to be treated with […]

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