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Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

News, Health, Columnist, Hot Flash

Do You Drink Enough Water?

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:25 am

Water. Everyone says drink water. It’s healthy for you. It will help you lose weight faster. It will help your skin look beautiful. It will make your whole body run better.

The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees most food labels, requires food manufacturers to list Trans Fats on products with 0.5 grams or more of Trans Fat. In less than 3 years, trans fats will be banned from usage in food nationwide.

News, Health, California, Santa Monica

Trimming The Trans Fat: Helping The U.S. Get Healthy

Posted Jul. 4, 2015, 6:24 am

Trans fats; they are typically found in partially hydrogenated oils (PHO’s), which is used to deep-fry food and preserve processed foods like potato chips, cookies, and cakes. While trans fats are easy to use, inexpensive to produce, and last a long time, they are responsible for raising bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lowering good (HDL) cholesterol levels.

Matrix Institute founders Jeanne L. Obert, Richard Rawson, Ph.D., and Michael McCann.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Considering Alcohol, Drug Addiction Treatment? Matrix Institute Has 30 Years Experience

Posted Jul. 1, 2015, 9:09 am

When Matrix Institute on Addictions founders Jeanne L. Obert, Michael McCann and Richard Rawson, Ph.D first opened its doors to drug and alcohol addiction patients in 1984, neither of them could have imagined the significant impact they would make in the years ahead.

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Santa Monica

State Senator Ben Allen's Mandatory Vaccination Bill Signed Into Law

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 1:11 pm

Almost all school children in the Southland and across California will be required to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

State Senator Ben Allen represents Santa Monica and much of the Westside in his 26th District.

News, Health, Education, Politics

Mandatory Vaccination Bill By State Senator Ben Allen Approved By Assembly

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:17 am

A bill co-sponsored by a Santa Monica legislator that would require almost all school children in California to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough was approved Thursday by the Assembly, putting it a step closer to the governor's desk.

Show Up Fitness founder Chris Hitchko opened his Santa Monica personal training studio in October 2014.

News, Health, Fitness, Santa Monica

Winning The Week: How To Get Into Amazing Shape Without Changing Your Diet

Posted Jun. 25, 2015, 2:15 pm

How many times have you been told that cardio and proper diet will result in fat loss? What if I told you that you could lose fat without changing much of your diet, and not doing any cardio? I have four steps that will help you conquer fat loss goals without that dreadful word, “diet” and cardio.

Whole Life Balance with Drip IV Therapy has opened at 507 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, in Santa Monica.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

Whole Life Balance Offers One Stop For Wellness, Nutrition In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:42 am

Consider this: The average Westside woman wakes up an hour early to make it to yoga in the morning. Then, during a short lunch break, she squeezes in a quick acupuncture session.

Natalie Banchik, an injectable specialist and a member of the KO’AN team in Santa Monica, works on a client.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Find Out Why Botox Isn't As Scary Or Painful As You May Think

Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:43 am

Natalie Banchik, a member of the KO’AN team in Santa Monica, is a specialist in injectables such as fillers and botulinum toxin, a neurotoxic protein commercially referred to as Botox.

Santa Monica resident and ABC7 meteorologist Bri Winkler received one of the top American Heart Association volunteer awards.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Stroke Survivor Bri Winkler Honored By American Heart Association

Posted Jun. 10, 2015, 9:34 am

The American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate honored ABC7 Meteorologist and stroke survivor Bri Winkler with the Stroke Champion Award for excellence in stroke awareness outreach.

Dr. Maija Sanna 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, Senior, Santa Monica

Getting A Leg Up On Lower-Extremity Swelling

Posted Jun. 9, 2015, 9:30 am

Do you ever wonder why your socks leave an indentation where the elastic top rests against your skin? Could it be that your socks are too small? What’s more likely is that you have some degree of what doctors call “edema.”

Santa Monica plastic surgeon Michael Zarrabi, M.D. has launched a nonprofit “Chapter 2” to help those who cannot afford corrective procedures.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Plastic Surgeon Gives Back Via Charity

Posted Jun. 8, 2015, 9:21 am

Survivors of domestic abuse who have been left scars, and children who may be bullied because of physical abnormalities or deformities are among locals receiving free plastic surgery thanks to a new Santa Monica nonprofit.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

Nurse Practitioners: A Boon For Underserved Areas

Posted Jun. 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Let nurse practitioners in California have almost all the authority that doctors now possess, urges the state Senate via a proposed law it has already cleared.

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.

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