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California, Washington Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Implants

SEATTLE — Washington state and California sued Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday, saying that for years the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold to repair pelvic collapse. In the latest legal actions over the problem-prone devices, Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Kamala Harris of California Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California, Washington Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Implants →

Through Social Media, Family Connects to Rare Diagnosis – And Hope

If you are suffering from an illness fewer than a dozen people in the world are known to have, getting a proper diagnosis can start to feel like a hunt for something that doesn’t exist. That’s the position one family found themselves in before they turned to social media in search Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Through Social Media, Family Connects to Rare Diagnosis – And Hope →

Mission to ‘Save’ Prince Turned Tragic for Marin Doctor’s Son

Andrew Kornfeld’s overnight flight to bring a prescription drug to Prince has been described by his attorney as a “lifesaving mission” to persuade the superstar to start treatment for addiction. Instead, the 26-year-old Californian found Prince collapsed in an elevator at his Paisley Park home. Neither Andrew Kornfeld nor his father, an Read More … … Continue reading Mission to ‘Save’ Prince Turned Tragic for Marin Doctor’s Son →

Report: Marin Addiction Doctor Had Been Called In to Treat Prince

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis has published a detailed account of what it calls a “frantic” attempt by Prince’s associates to call in a well-known Marin County addiction specialist to treat the entertainment superstar just before he died. The Star Tribune account comes mainly from William Mauzy, an attorney Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading Report: Marin Addiction Doctor Had Been Called In to Treat Prince →

New iPhone Apps Manage Diabetes, Pregnancy, Depression

Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its Read More … Source:: … Continue reading New iPhone Apps Manage Diabetes, Pregnancy, Depression →

Profiteering Masquerades as Medical Care for Injured California Workers

This story was republished with permission from Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, on iTunes and learn more at revealnews.org. Priscilla Lujan was awake soothing her infant son at 10 p.m. and again in the middle of the night. Read More … Source:: News Health Category

UCSF Receives $185 Million Gift -- Its Largest Ever -- For Neuroscience Research, Care

UCSF just received its largest, individual financial gift ever – a donation of $185 million dedicated to neurosciences. The donation was made by Sanford Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup, and his wife, Joan. Weill says the gift is partly inspired by his father’s lifelong struggle with depression, and his mother’s Read More … Source:: … Continue reading UCSF Receives $185 Million Gift -- Its Largest Ever -- For Neuroscience Research, Care →

The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk

If you melt at the creaminess of full-fat yogurt, read on. A new study finds the dairy fats found in milk, yogurt and cheese may help protect against Type 2 diabetes. The research, published in the journal Circulation, included 3,333 adults. Beginning in the late 1980s, researchers took blood Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk →

How San Bernardino County Is Helping Victims Move Forward After Shooting

On the second floor of the gleaming San Bernardino County building, cubicles are empty, boxes are stacked and a few photos and kids’ art are still tacked to bulletin boards. “Coming through here was a tough thing,” says David Wert, the county’s public information officer, while walking through a row of Read More … Source:: … Continue reading How San Bernardino County Is Helping Victims Move Forward After Shooting →

State Allows a Partial Opening for Dungeness Crab Harvest

California health officials have given the all-clear for consumption of Dungeness crab caught in waters off the Bay Area. The that Thursday’s announcement from the state Department of Public Health said levels of a dangerous marine toxin have declined to “low or undetectable levels” in crabs caught Monterey, Half Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading State Allows a Partial Opening for Dungeness Crab Harvest →

Oakland Raiders Legend Ken Stabler Suffered ‘Quite Severe’ Brain Damage

BOSTON — Medical researcher have diagnosed former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with the brain disease CTE. Stabler, who died of colon cancer at 69 in July, had Stage 3 <a target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.bu.edu/cte/about/what-is-cte/” Read More … Continue reading Oakland Raiders Legend Ken Stabler Suffered ‘Quite Severe’ Brain Damage →

Advocates Reach Out to L.A.’s Korean Pastors to Stem Domestic Violence

Domestic violence in Asian immigrant communities is a persistent problem, studies show, and research suggests it looms especially large for Korean immigrant women. Now an advocacy group in Southern California is working to educate Korean pastors about domestic abuse in an effort that challenges both cultural norms and the traditional Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading Advocates Reach Out to L.A.’s Korean Pastors to Stem Domestic Violence →

Sex Ed Now Required in California Public Schools

A new state law in effect this year requires all California public school students to take sex education beginning in seventh grade. Parents who don’t want their kids to learn about issues like body image, contraception and HIV awareness and prevention will have to formally opt out by submitting a document Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Sex Ed Now Required in California Public Schools →