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Palliative Care Can Help Us Prepare for Death on Our Own Terms
May 28, 2015
Palliative care can be appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness, and can be provided along with curative treatment.

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.

March 16, 2015 Drinking Water is Key to Avoiding Painful Kidney Stones
January 13, 2015 Why Flip-Flops—and Even Some Running Shoes—Are Bad for Your Feet
December 11, 2014 For Cold or Flu, Call the Advice Line before Visiting the Emergency Department
November 12, 2014 Healthy Sleep Habits Will Get You Through the Night
October 30, 2014 Don't Let Seasonal Affective Disorder Ruin Your Winter
October 22, 2014 Talk Yourself into a Flu Shot this Fall
September 22, 2014 Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs
September 12, 2014 Dog-Friendly Dining Comes With Responsibility for Restaurants and Customers
August 28, 2014 Sports Concussions Can Lead to Long-Term Health Problems, and Not Just for Pro Athletes
August 20, 2014 Screening for Prostate Cancer in Men Without Symptoms is Risky
July 30, 2014 Mosquito Prevention is Key to Avoiding West Nile Virus
July 8, 2014 Why Electronic Cigarettes Are Bad for the Community's Health
July 2, 2014 Courteous Pool Hygiene is Key to Preventing Recreational Waterborne Illness
June 11, 2014 When in Tick County, Take Care to Avoid Lyme Disease
April 25, 2014 How to Treat Bee and Wasp Stings—and When to See a Doctor
April 15, 2014 Breathe Easier: Proper Medication and Avoiding Triggers is Key to Living with Asthma
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
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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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