Latest California Healthline Stories
Harris Makes History In Debate: Democratic vice presidential nominee and California Sen. Kamala Harris chastised Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday for his handling of the pandemic, calling it “the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country.” Harris — the first woman of color to appear at a vice presidential debate — looked into the camera and said, “They knew what was happening and they didn’t tell you. ... They knew and they covered it up.” Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle. See more on the debate below and in KHN’s Morning Briefing.
UC Berkeley Biochemist Shares Nobel Prize For Developing Gene-Editing Tool: The Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded Wednesday to UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer A. Doudna and French scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier for their pioneering work on the CRISPR tool for gene editing. Doudna is a professor at UC Berkeley. “I’m in shock,” Doudna said. “My greatest hope is that it’s used … to benefit humankind.” Read more from the Los Angeles Times and Bay Area News Group.
Megachurch Pastor Has COVID After Attending Rose Garden Event: Prominent Riverside pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Monday, the latest person tied to an outbreak at the White House. Laurie, who is in quarantine, says he has experienced fatigue, aches, a fever and a loss of taste. In a video announcing his diagnosis, he urged people not to politicize the virus. “It’s real," he said. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, Politico and The Press-Enterprise.
Sacramento Native Wins Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Dr. Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Sacramento native Charles M. Rice on Monday for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a breakthrough the Nobel committee said had “made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives.” Rice graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of California Davis in 1974 and earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1981, according to his biography on The Rockefeller University website, where Rice is a professor. Read more from The New York Times, CNN and ABC7 News.
Trump’s Weight, Age Will Affect His Recovery from COVID, Says Virus Expert At UC San Diego: President Donald Trump said late Thursday night that he and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for COVID-19 and that they have gone into isolation. The Union-Tribune discussed the news with Dr. Davey Smith, chief of infectious diseases at UC San Diego. Potential problems among elderly victims –Trump is 74 – include pneumonia and blood clotting. Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune. For more coverage on President Trump, see below.
Newsom Bans Some Police Choke Holds: California will ban certain police choke holds and establish independent investigations for some law enforcement shootings under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Wednesday — the remnants of what activists once hoped would be a far more ambitious overhaul of policing practices. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, AP and Politico.
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Newsom Signs Bill Allowing State To Make Generic Drugs: California could make its own insulin and other prescription drugs in an effort to lower costs under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he signed into law Monday. California wouldn’t develop new drugs under the law but would instead try to make cheaper versions of generic drugs, or drugs that are no longer protected by patents. Read more from the Sacramento Bee and STAT.
Evacuations Ordered Overnight For Multiple Towns, Including Paradise: The North Bay’s Wine Country again became a scene of chaos Sunday and early Monday as wildfires burned on the east and west sides of the Napa Valley and blazed toward Santa Rosa, where neighborhoods were engulfed in flames shortly after 1 a.m. In Butte County, the month-old North Complex fire picked up amid dry, powerful winds, prompting evacuation warnings for all of Paradise, Magalia and Concow. All three places were devastated by the November 2018 Camp Fire. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, CNN, NBC, SF Gate and Newsweek.
‘Triple Whammy’ Headed For The Bay Area: After a stretch of blissfully clear days, air quality in the Bay Area is expected to deteriorate in the days ahead, meteorologists say. The “triple whammy” of wildfire smoke, high temperatures and smog could cloud the skies this weekend, especially Sunday and Monday, said Kristine Roselius of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.