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There’s evidence that a father’s extreme hardship can alter the function of his genes in ways that can be passed on to his sons and shorten their lives.
This year, 62 confirmed cases of the illness exist among children and others are under investigation, according to federal health authorities. Scientists don’t know what causes acute flaccid myelitis, but they are urging people to avoid getting mosquito bites. Paralysis comes on suddenly and can be permanent.
California owns the dubious distinction of having about a third of the nation’s congenital syphilis cases. The answer to why there’s been an increase, though, is complicated.
Social workers say that they’re not able to give full attention to their cases anymore and have to prioritize which children need to be helped first. County officials have acknowledged the problem, but also say they’ve taken steps to ensure vulnerable children are protected during this staffing crisis.
One of the reasons for the high rate could be poor communication between patient and provider — whether because of language or cultural barriers, discrimination or patients feeling like they don’t have a voice, advocates say.
The condition striking kids in a growing number of states is called acute flaccid myelitis and it can cause paralysis, but health officials are unable to find a cause for the increased number of cases. The wave of illnesses seems to come in alternating years, and this one is similar to surges seen in 2014 and 2016.
Officials learned Hornblower Yachts and its affiliate Alcatraz Cruises inappropriately denied benefits for seasonal employees who worked 20 hours or more a week and failed to offer employees working 20 hours or more a week a health plan at no premium charge.
The new registry will include the centers’ addresses, details of services provided and accepted methods of payment for each location; the identity of each owner, director, partner and officer; and the identity of each affiliated entity and affiliated facility.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on Monday filed a request to disqualify Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle.
The rule, which is part of President Donald Trump’s blueprint to rein in high drug costs, sparked immediate push back from pharmaceutical companies. Beyond the industry, experts are skeptical that the regulation would do anything to bring down prices and may confuse patients because consumers often don’t pay the list price for medications.