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The number of Alzheimer and dementia cases diagnosed world-wide are reaching epidemic proportions with 30 million diagnosed world-wide, 5.4 million diagnosed in the US with a prediction of 100 million cases world-wide by 2050.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Parents With Alzheimers Or Dementia? Are You Next?

Posted May. 26, 2015, 2:15 pm

Baby boomers across the nation are worried about losing their memory. In fact, it is the number one concern for people over 60. Is this happening to you?

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Pension-Change Measure Inevitable Next Year

Posted May. 24, 2015, 6:00 am

It was inevitable once the number of signatures needed to put a constitutional amendment initiative on the statewide ballot dropped by 300,000 following last fall’s election:

Santa Monica's Dr. Steven Sampson has been named Orthopaedic Honoree, by the Arthritis Foundation, for the Greater Los Angeles 'Walk to Cure Arthritis' on Saturday, May 30 at Exposition Park.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Doctor Named Orthopaedic Honoree For "Walk To Cure Arthritis"

Posted May. 24, 2015, 6:00 am

The Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region, has named Steven Sampson, D.O. the Orthopaedic Honoree for the Greater Los Angeles “Walk to Cure Arthritis”, which takes place on Saturday, May 30 at Exposition Park, South Lawn, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Nine L.A. County Residents Diagnosed With Salmonella Linked To Raw Tuna In Sushi

Posted May. 23, 2015, 11:02 am

Thirty-one California residents, including nine in Los Angeles County and six in Orange County, have been diagnosed with a strain of salmonella likely linked to the consumption of raw tuna commonly used in sushi, state health officials announced Thursday.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Vaccinations & Governor Jerry Brown: What Will He Do?

Posted May. 23, 2015, 9:30 am

Now that the state Senate has generally ignored the loud, repeated and unscientific outcries of anti-vaccination crusaders, it’s likely the Assembly will fall into line this summer and pass a law eliminating religious belief as an excuse for not getting children inoculated before they enroll in public schools.

PK Wellness offers a Karate for Kids program that helps boost a child’s confidence and enhances their physical strength and fitness.

News, Health, Business, Fitness, Santa Monica

PK Wellness’ Karate For Kids Encourages Growth, Success In Santa Monica

Posted May. 18, 2015, 1:45 pm

While PK Wellness Studio is known for its pairing of i-Lipo with a variety of intense fitness training options, a combination that has given their clients great results, it also offers programs that focus on children’s fitness and childhood development.

Honorees Brandi Glanville and Chandra Wilson with ABCs President Gloria Gebbia.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Saint Johns

ABCs Luncheon Benefits Research At John Wayne Cancer Institute In Santa Monica

Posted May. 18, 2015, 9:42 am

The Associates For Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, affectionately known as the ABCs, hosted its annual, star-studded Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills, May 6, benefiting breast and prostate cancer research at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Dr. Grace Chen is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

Time To Get Moving; Renew Commitment To Resume New Year's Resolutions

Posted May. 11, 2015, 9:37 am

May is “National Physical Fitness and Sports Month,” a great time to renew your commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle and perhaps resume any New Year’s resolutions that have fallen by the “waistline.”

Help the ones you love come to terms with their hearing loss.

News, Health, Senior, Santa Monica

May Is "Better Hearing Month" - How To Help A Loved One In Denial

Posted May. 11, 2015, 9:31 am

Acknowledging hearing loss usually begins with complex reactions, but the first and most common one is denial. Although there are many reasons why people go into denial about hearing loss, the bottom line is: taking that first step to get a hearing test may confirm their worst fear – that they do, indeed, have a hearing loss.

Providence Saint John's Health Center has been serving the Santa Monica and Westside communities since 1942. It is located at 2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica,

News, Health, Santa Monica

Saint John's Health Center Nurses Join Strike Taking Place Across California

Posted Apr. 29, 2015, 1:48 pm

More than 5,000 nurses began two days of strikes today at three L.A-area hospitals and five in Northern California to press for higher staffing levels and what two unions call safer conditions for patients, but one of the strike targets said the job action is a union recruitment tactic unconnected to patient care.

Dr. Heather Bennett Schickedanz is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet

Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:35 am

Inspired to do some spring cleaning this April? Don’t forget to take stock of your medicine cabinet while cleaning out your garage or attic. Reviewing your medications with your care team to make sure they are still appropriate is vitally important, especially if you take five or more medications.

Show Up Fitness is located at 1207 4th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

What’s So Special About Show Up Fitness In Santa Monica?

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 12:41 pm

Show Up Fitness is a small private personal training studio in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s not a Crossfit, or a trendy group training boot camp style gym. They’ve got dumbbells, machines, balance tools, a squat rack, foam rollers, and even a Glute Station to help perk up that backside so many people are trying to achieve. But this still doesn’t really separate them from the saturated personal training market in Santa Monica. So what makes this quaint training studio at 1207 4th Street (Suite 150) so special besides its catchy name? Education.

News, Health, Ucla

Doctors At UCLA, UC Irvine Student Health Centers Go On Strike

Posted Apr. 11, 2015, 9:00 am

Doctors at UCLA and UC Irvine student health centers plan to go on strike today and stay off work until Wednesday as part of a labor action by physicians at all 10 University of California campuses.

In a Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 survey of college students, 36 percent reported they participated in binge drinking. Other estimates range to almost double that figure.

News, Health, Education

Spring Break Is Here: That Means College Binge Drinking Increases

Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 8:59 am

More than half of the teenagers in the United States have tried alcohol. With spring break in full swing, this situation is particularly troubling because so many young people end up binge drinking.

Every day, sixth- through eighth-graders (Shirley Tarpley’s sixth-graders pictured here with Yes! for Schools lead Justin McGurrin) at John Adams Middle School take a moment to stop, breathe and practice presence through the Mindfulness Program, which is part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District initiative to enhance school climate at all sites.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Education, John Adams Middle School

John Adams Middle School Mindfulness Program Seeks To Enhance School Climate

Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:19 am

Did you know the sixth- through eighth-graders at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school participate in a Mindfulness Program, which is a part of the SMMUSD’s initiative to enhance school climate at all sites.

WISE and Healthy Aging will honor Dr. Chui Tsang and Drs. Reece and Wang at its ‘Celebration of Caring’ event on April 18.

News, Health, Senior, Non Profits

Wise & Healthy Aging Announces 2015 Honorees For Celebration Of Caring

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:50 am

Area professionals, caregivers, and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of Southland seniors will be honored by Santa Monica-based WISE & Healthy Aging at its annual Celebration of Caring event, announced Grace Cheng Braun, President and CEO.

Dr. Alia Tuqan is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica, Columnist

Filtering The Facts On Kidney Health

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:15 am

March is “National Kidney Month,” highlighting the role of our kidneys in maintaining overall health and the importance of keeping them healthy. This month’s column covers kidney health and disease and what can be done to protect these vital organs.

PK Wellness at 2110 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica helps clients lose fat through a mix of i-Lipo and fitness training.

News, Health, Business

Santa Monica’s PK Wellness Combines Tech & Training For Fat Loss Triumph

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:36 am

State of the art fat-busting tech is now on offer in Santa Monica. PK Wellness has made the move to mix i-Lipo with fitness training, a combination that is giving their clients great results.

Providence Saint John's Health Center has been serving the Santa Monica and Westside communities since 1942. It is located at 2121 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica,

News, Health, Santa Monica, Saint Johns

Providence Saint John’s In Santa Monica Among First To Offer Newly Approved Heart Device

Posted Mar. 24, 2015, 11:04 am

Two patients, one who waited seven years, underwent a newly approved heart procedure on Monday at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica utlilizing a device that guards against stroke and blood clots for those who suffer from irregular heart rhythms – atrial fibrillation.

News, Health, Malibu, Courts, Smmusd

Citizen's Lawsuit Alleges PCB Contamination In Malibu Classrooms

Posted Mar. 23, 2015, 1:49 pm

A citizen's lawsuit filed today accuses Malibu school officials of violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by failing to decontaminate the city's combined elementary, middle and high school campuses of allegedly illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals embedded in caulk and other building materials.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica, Courts, Westwood

Another Patient Sues Medical Device Maker Over Superbug At UCLA Medical Center

Posted Mar. 17, 2015, 9:54 am

Another patient is suing a medical device maker, blaming the company for the superbug that recently broke out at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, infecting at least seven patients, killing two.

Paramount Transportation Systems has committed $100,000 to Orthopaedic Institute for Children as a new corporate sponsor.

News, Health, Santa Monica

New Partnership To Benefit Orthopaedic Institute For Children

Posted Mar. 10, 2015, 9:54 am

Paramount Transportation Systems (Paramount) has announced an official partnership with Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC), a world leader in pediatric orthopaedic care, education, and research.

Food Fare celebrated its 36th anniversary on Thursday, March 5, at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and featured well over 100 of L.A.’s best restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, libations, and vendors.

News, Dining, Health, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Food Fare A Big Success In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles' annual Food Fare event returned to Santa Monica on Thursday, which for its 36th year, hosted prominent local chefs, caterers, wineries, breweries, and vendors to serve and chat with Planned Parenthood supporters, at its food-centric fundraiser.

Lee Davis.

Health, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Women

Free "Building Self-Esteem Class" For Women This Sunday In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 9:40 am

Santa Monica life skills trainer Lee Davis is presenting to women a free "Building Self-Esteem Class" on Sunday, March 8.

Dr. Roger Lee has been elected chief of staff for 2015 at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

New Chief Of Staff Elected At UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 10:00 am

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica has a new chief of chief of staff: Dr. Roger Lee, a hospitalist physician who specializes in treating patients who are hospitalized.

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