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Dr. Cairo D Almeida
With a little over 3 weeks before the primary election. It is unclear who is running. The deadline for filing was May 15. The Secretary of State’s office lists 37 candidates have filed although one has apparently dropped out as it has been lined out on the list.  Most media are reporting that...
Have you ever gone to the fridge and decided to mix spices and other ingredients into a leftover worthy of same? It’s my version of pasta fazul (kind of an Italian goulash). The recipe is a lot like life, a lot like Forrest Gumps’ box of chocolates calling for answers to: To caraway or not to...
Ahh… It feels SO GOOD to take off my mask. With COVID, I wear mine at least 8 hours every day. Putting it on as I cross the parking lot to the clinic to start work, I only take it off for lunch or short breaks. To protect my family, patients, and co-workers, I always wear a mask whenever I step...
The Coronavirus pandemic may be the perfect time for the United States to embark on a long overdue reform of the education system, both public and private. It is simply because this is the first time in modern history, even predating the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 100 years ago, that the country...
Q: Every summer, my nose runs, and my eyes itch from my allergies. Claritin® has worked for me in the past, but this year is different. I tried Allegra®, but it’s not helping, either. What other antihistamine could I try? Antihistamines work by keeping histamine locked away inside your body....
The Radical Left Has Always Been Violent. When thinking about and discussing the Seattle situation in an honest way, we are not talking about Mahatma Ghandi or Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our situation is more akin to the Black Panthers, SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and the...
Keith, an 86-year old retired basketball coach, and PE teacher, limped down our clinic hallway last week to see me. “Getting older sure isn’t for sissies,” he answered as I asked him how things were going for him.  “I had my left knee replaced five years ago, and now my right knee is going the...
Q: When my allergies kick up, a nasal spray helps my sneezing and runny nose, but my eyes are still red and itchy. Can an eye drop help me?  Years ago, I bought my dream car, a classic jet-black 1985 Jeep CJ7 hardtop. I can still remember a mid-August Saturday afternoon when my husband...
How to relieve itchy eyes   Q: When my allergies kick up, a nasal spray helps my sneezing and runny nose, but my eyes are still red and itchy. Can an eye drop help me?  Years ago, I bought my dream car, a classic jet-black 1985 Jeep CJ7 hardtop. I can still remember a mid-August...
Q: Should I be taking calcium pills for my bones?  Last fall, my 75-year-old next-door neighbor fell down 3 steps, shattering her left ankle into tiny pieces that were painstakingly put back together during a 5-hour surgery. She has osteoporosis, or thin bones due to years of taking daily...

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