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Breathe Easier: Proper Medication and Avoiding Triggers is Key to Living with Asthma
April 15, 2014
Imagine what it would be like if you woke up one night, alone in bed, and started to take a breath - but nothing happened. You had to fight to get any air into your lungs...

The Healthy Outlook column offers information about a wide range of health issues affecting you, your family and your community. Under the leadership of Dr. David Pepper, the series features professional staff from Contra Costa Health Services and covers a wide range of topics, including illness prevention, specific diseases, seasonal maladies, environmental health and much more. It is published by the Contra Costa Times.

April 1, 2014 Healthy Choices Can Help Seniors Live Longer, Healthier Lives
March 26, 2014 Accurate Vaccine Information Essential for Our Children's Health, Community's Health
February 28, 2014 Diet Soda, Fruit Juices are Also Bad for Your Teeth
January 7, 2014 Monitoring Screen Time Helps Combat Childhood Obesity, and Improve Family Life Too
November 26, 2013 Hand Sanitizers good weapon in germ war, but soap and water still the best bet
November 22, 2013 Pregnancy is a Great Time to get a Flu Shot
October 9, 2013 Fats Are Not Always a Four-Letter Word
September 26, 2013 With Whooping Cough on the Rise, a Simple Shot Can Help Keep Kids Safe
September 19, 2013 Travel Precautions Can Minimize Bed Bug Risk
August 14, 2013 If You Wonder About Your Child, Don't Put Off Screening for Developmental Delays
July 25, 2013 The Benefits of Breastfeeding
July 19, 2013 Preparation, communication key to a good doctor's visit
June 26, 2013 Stay Safe in the Summer Sun By Keeping Covered and Drinking Plenty of Water
June 12, 2013 Anyone can learn how to save a life in five minutes, thanks to hands-only CPR
May 21, 2013 An expecting mom should consider natural childbirth, even with a C-section in her past
May 8, 2013 Dads can also get postpartum depression
April 23, 2013 Mobile food vendors add flavor to our community
April 3, 2013 How to Talk to Someone Who is Dying
March 20, 2013 Help control your ‘fight or flight’ reaction
March 6, 2013 Intervene Early to Prevent Psychosis
February 20, 2013 Is it the Flu or the Cold?
February 6, 2013 Recess Exercises the Body and the Brain
January 23, 2013 Blisters are Nature's Band-Aid for Burns
January 9, 2013 Don't Carry Rabies Risk into the Classroom
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Dr. David Pepper is a family physician with Contra Costa Health Services. He has practiced medicine for more than two decades and holds a wide range of expertise. Send your column idea to

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