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(July 23, 2015)

Dyslexia is more common and more complicated than is usually acknowledged. But there are upsides to the condition, too.

  In the classroom, says Susan Barton, founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, teachers should not press students to do things that expose them to embarrassment or ridicule because of their limitations. Instead she offers a series of modest accommodations that can enable those same students to succeed.

Susan Barton will present a free seminar, “Dyslexia:  Symptoms and Solutions,”  on Thursday evening, March 27 at 6 pm at Sonoma Country Day School. Find out more about the event here.


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(February 7, 2013)

There's a glimmer of good news in the latest studies of child obesity rates, at least in two large US cities. Lori Abbot has details.


(March 25, 2014)

In a quiet but s  ignificant break  through, the  US Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to allow the tiny supply of federally grown Marijuana be used in a University of Arizona study to test its efficacy in treating post-traumatic stress disorder in American army veterans. The research project was OK’d by the Food and Drug Administration some time ago, but when it finally cleared the last regulatory hurdle, the decision came as something of a surprise, as we hear from the supporting non-profit that helped make it happen.


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vitamins(December 28, 2012)

Vitamin D and variations in how women metabolize it, could play a role in Marin County's high breast cancer rate, suggests recent research. Kathie Dalessandri, a surgeon and research in Pt. Reyes Station, published a report this fall in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons linking breast cancer to a genetic variant in vitamin D receptors.

Post-menopausal women with this receptor variant, Dalessandri says, could be especially affected by low vitamin D levels.

KathieDalessandri is eager to see her results replicated in larger studies. Locally she's anticipating the Marin Women's Study, a breast cancer research study involving more than 14,000 Marin County women.

Vitamin image courtesy of Flickr user ckaiserca ( 

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