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Sugary Drink Tax May Benefit Minorities Most

By | Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:08

A sugary drink tax that causes a 15 percent drop in consumption would result in a widespread reduction in obesity-related health complications, most notably in minority communities, a California study finds.

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California Expands Abortion Access

By | Thu, 10/10/2013 - 17:31

California's latest abortion-rights bill will allow a wider range of health care providers to perform abortions to women in their first trimester of pregnancy, therefore allowing greater access statewide.

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California Proposes New Limits For Carcinogenic Chromium-6 In Drinking Water

By | Sat, 08/24/2013 - 12:47

California health officials proposed stricter limits on the carcinogenic compound chromium-6 in drinking water. The chemical is associated with lung, nasal, oral, and intestinal cancers.

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Is California Overstepping Its Authority By Force-Feeding Prisoners Without Their Consent?

By | Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:02

A federal judge approved force-feeding California inmates who have refused to eat as part of a hunger strike.

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Above And Beyond: 97% Of California Hospitals Offer Free Care For Uninsured Poor

By | Mon, 06/03/2013 - 16:00

A new study finds California hospitals provided more health care than was required by a 2006 Fair Pricing law.

California Health Insurance Prices a 'Home Run' for Consumers

California Health Insurance Exchange Prices A 'Home Run' For Consumers

By | Sun, 05/26/2013 - 17:08

Health exchange officials announced affordable rates for insurance plans which will be available once the Affordable Care Act's exchange marketplaces open next year.

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Valley Fever Threatens Thousands of California Inmates

By | Thu, 05/02/2013 - 10:59

A federal official has ordered the state of California to stop housing inmates at two prisons where dozens have died of a fungal infection.

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California Judge Partly Blocks Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

By | Tue, 12/04/2012 - 09:24

A federal judge temporarily blocked California from enforcing a landmark law that bars therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in minors.

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Two Dead and Four Injured in Assisted Living Home After Eating Poisonous Wild Mushroom Soup

By | Mon, 11/12/2012 - 16:42

Two residents of a Northern California assisted living home have died and four others have been hospitalized after eating soup with wild mushrooms picked by a caregiver.

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Bubonic Plague Detected in Squirrel Found Dead at California Campground

By | Wed, 10/10/2012 - 12:41

Deadly plague bacteria was discovered in a ground squirrel carcass at a popular Southern California campground.

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California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

By | Thu, 09/06/2012 - 14:39

The CDC estimates that there are 386 annual cases of brain parasite infection in California alone which can cost upwards of $66,000.