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Dave Parker as an Oakland Athletic in 1989.  (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Getty Images)

Former A’s Slugger Dave Parker Coping With Parkinson’s Disease

Seven-time major-league All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson’s disease. The 62-year-old Parker, who played with the Oakland A’s in 1988 and 1989, said he is able to get by without medication at this point and relies on a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

08/09/2013

A vet examines a cat.  (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: Do Your Research Before You Have A Pet Emergency

The worst time to find a vet is when your pet suddenly falls sick – that’s why it’s important for pet owners to do some research ahead of time.

05/08/2013

7-year-old heart patient and 49ers fan Jacob Murphy of Rio Linda. (Photo courtesy: Packard Children’s Hospital)

7-Year-Old Heart Patient Turns Hospital Room Into 49ers Fan Zone

7-year-old patient Jacob Murphy of Rio Linda is a nuts-about-the-Niners fan who has turned his room at Packard Children’s Hospital into a 49ers Fan Zone.

01/30/2013

A group of newborns. (Getty Images/Waltraud Grubitzch/DPA)

Childhood Obesity Calculator May Be Most Accurate Predictor Yet

Researchers say they can predict a newborn baby’s odds of becoming an obese child using a simple new calculation.

01/08/2013

A man receives a flu shot. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Flu Season Off To Earliest Start In 10 Years Say Health Officials

Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years—and it could be a bad one.

12/04/2012

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HealthWatch: Study Links Concussions To Permanent Brain Damage

In the biggest study of its kind, researchers at Boston University analyzed the brains of deceased athletes and veterans (all of who had history of repeated head trauma), and found more than 80 percent had signs of CTE, or Traumatic Brain Encephalopathy.

12/03/2012

Chris Michaels (credit: chrisamichaels/Bay City News)

Bay Area Men Spreading Cancer Awareness Ready To Shave As ‘Movember’ Ends

With the month of November at an end, many mustachioed Bay Area residents are shaving off their facial hair, all grown in the name of promoting men’s health issues…

11/30/2012

Kelcey Harrison and Jill Costello on their way to a birthday party during the summer of 2008. (Kelcey Harrison)

HealthWatch: Cal Athlete’s Cancer Battle Inspires Cross-Country Run

A Bay Area athlete’s battle with lung cancer has inspired a unique journey to raise awareness and funds to combat the disease.

11/27/2012

Health supplements fill the shelves of Whole Food Market (Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

HealthWatch: Study Finds Multivitamins May Lower Cancer Risk In Men

America’s favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found.

10/17/2012