Friday, December 19, 2014

Sky-high price has VA rationing hep C drug

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, used one of his last hearings as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to review how VA has had to ration a break-through medicine that cures hepatitis C, a liver virus infecting 174,000 veterans, because a course of treatment – 84 pills over 12 weeks – costs VA almost $50,000 […]

Managing pain in order to have quality of life

Pain. It’s all around us. I remarked at the meeting of the Sunset McDonalds “breakfast and coffee society” that every time I sit down for a long period, my back starts to really hurt. You can guess what my wise guy friends had to say to that: “Well, don’t sit down for long.” Ha, ha. A […]

Our evolving understanding of heart disease

Historically, popular depictions of heart disease emphasized the importance of stressful life events. Time pressure and responsibility caused coronary occlusions, it seemed. Society embraced an expectation that successful leaders would be stricken. Former President Eisenhower, previously Supreme Allied Commander in World War II, is a prominent example. Irvine H. Page (1901-1991), quoted by Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., […]

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Donald M. Clay graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Clay is the son of Donald and Katina Clay of Vallejo. He is a 2014 graduate of Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo. Air Force Airman Michael R. Ellwood graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Ellwood is […]

Commissary funds restored; tobacco costs to rise

House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to dampen personnel costs so more […]

Stricker’s semi-retirement could see big change

WINDEMERE, Fla. — Steve Stricker’s easy ride into semi-retirement could be coming to a crossroads. Not that it’s been easy lately. The year began with his older brother, Scott, in the hospital waiting for a liver. He had transplant surgery five days before Stricker made his season debut in the Match Play Championship, and that […]

Magic Johnson glad athletes using ‘their voice’

NEW YORK — Magic Johnson praised recent activism by professional athletes on Tuesday and called for more conversation between government, law enforcement and black leaders. The basketball Hall of Famer made his remarks a day after Cleveland star LeBron James and other players wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts before the Cavaliers’ 110-88 victory at the Brooklyn Nets. […]

Murray, Romo lead Cowboys over Bears 41-28

CHICAGO — Tony Romo has bigger goals for the Dallas Cowboys so he wasn’t about to get too excited over securing a winning season. To him, that was just one step. DeMarco Murray ran for a season-high 179 yards and a touchdown, Romo threw for three scores and theCowboys beat the Chicago Bears 41-28 on Thursday night. The Cowboys (9-4) […]

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Natasha K. Candel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Candel is the daughter of Lawrence and Paulina Candel of Fairfield. She is a 2014 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony O. Edmondson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is […]

Sequester looms over coming 2015 pay pinch

Military folks will see compensation packages pinched in 2015 under a deal struck this week by House and Senate negotiators finalizing pay and benefit changes in the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill. But the compensation pinch in 2015 could become a more hurtful punch starting in 2016, the armed services committees warn, if the […]

Kyle Petty joins NBC Sports’ broadcast team

LAS VEGAS — Kyle Petty will join NBC Sports Network’s broadcast team for next year’s NASCAR coverage. The former Cup driver had been an analyst on the network’s “NASCAR America” show this season. He’ll now join host Krista Voda for prerace and postrace shows for Sprint Cup and Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) race telecasts on NBC and NBC Sports […]

Raiders’ Tarell Brown anxious to face former team

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown has a fairly good idea what to expect this week from San Francisco receivers Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. He should. Brown spent his first seven NFL seasons with the 49ers and regularly squared off against the two wide receivers during practices when hitting was kept to a minimum and […]