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And in other state government news: the impact of budget cuts on in-home support services worries Stanislaus County officials; regulators face questions about a testing switch in Exide homes; and health care emerges as a campaign issue in the Los Angeles race.
In other public health news, the FDA issues another warning about an experimental vein opening procedure. And local governments and the health industry feel the financial cost of the nation’s obesity epidemic.
Other local stories report on growing access to e-cigarettes, medical marijuana challenges doctors face and a UC San Diego professor who planned his own colon surgery through virtual reality.
Eisenhower Medical Center updates its position on how doctors can assist patient to die, if they choose, following protests against the hospital’s previous policy.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) says that the existing law, which makes it a felony to intentionally expose someone to HIV, is outdated: “It’s time for California to lead and to repeal these laws to send a clear signal that we are going to take a science-based approach to HIV not a fear-based approach.”
An electronic consulting and referral system adopted by the county’s safety-net public health system in 2012 has reduced waiting times for appointments with specialists and eliminated the need for such appointments in a significant number of cases, according to a new study in the journal Health Affairs.
The company tasked with enrolling eligible patients in an HIV assistance program failed to keep an online enrollment portal working effectively and violated other contract terms, the public health agency said.
Kern and Fresno counties, in the Central Valley, have the highest rates of congenital syphilis. Health officials think the surge is due to lack of prenatal care, drug use, risky sex and lack of awareness.
An aging writer discovers there are worse things than going bald after examining the side effects of a popular hair loss drug purportedly used by President Donald Trump.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been a driving force behind a controversial construction measure, and some don’t see how that lines up with its core goals of helping those with HIV or AIDS.