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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 →

Chipotle Faces Criminal Investigation Into Its Handling of Norovirus Outbreak

Already reeling from a series of food-borne-illness outbreaks, Chipotle Mexican Grill now faces a federal criminal investigation, as well. The company says it has received a subpoena from a federal grand jury in connection with a norovirus outbreak last fall at one of its California restaurants in Simi Valley. In August, Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Chipotle Faces Criminal Investigation Into Its Handling of Norovirus Outbreak →

In Hayward, a Singing Group for Those With the Language Impairment Aphasia

The day before Thanksgiving in 2009, college student Drew Sperling collapsed in his San Luis Obispo apartment. He was 21 years old and having a stroke. Instead of meeting their son that day for golf, Drew’s parents met him at the hospital, where he was in a medically induced coma to Read More … Source:: … Continue reading In Hayward, a Singing Group for Those With the Language Impairment Aphasia →

5 Charged in Massive $580M Health Insurance Kickback Scheme

Five people, including a former hospital executive and two surgeons, are charged with a massive kickback scheme that resulted in billing $580 million to the government and insurance companies, authorities announced Tuesday. Two already pleaded guilty and the others have agreed to plead guilty in connection to the scheme, which involved Read More … Source:: … Continue reading 5 Charged in Massive $580M Health Insurance Kickback Scheme →

Lawsuit Seeks Help for Mentally Ill After Release From L.A. County Jails

Seeking to end what they call the “Skid Row to jail cycle,” civil rights lawyers went to court on Monday to argue that new federal reforms fail to help mentally ill people get the care they need as they are released from Los Angeles County lockups. “This case is about homelessness Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Lawsuit Seeks Help for Mentally Ill After Release From L.A. County Jails →

San Francisco Considers Banning Tobacco Sales to Those Under 21

Supervisors Scott Wiener, Eric Mar and Malia Cohen plan to introduce legislation Tuesday that would make it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The American Heart Association, which supports the legislation, says nearly 95 percent of smokers take up the habit before they’re Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading San Francisco Considers Banning Tobacco Sales to Those Under 21 →

California Law Adds New Twist to Abortion, Religious Freedom Debate

The latest front in the debate over religious freedom is all about an 8½-by-11-inch piece of paper. This particular piece of paper is a notice — one the state of California will soon require to be posted in places known as crisis pregnancy centers. These resource centers, often linked to religious Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California Law Adds New Twist to Abortion, Religious Freedom Debate →

Asian Tiger Mosquito’s Disease-Spreading Potential Worries Health Officials

At least 28 people in California have died from West Nile virus this year, the neurologically debilitating disease spread through mosquito bites. Riverside and Los Angeles County both recorded a surge in human infections not seen in several years. But with peak West Nile virus season coming to an end, Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading Asian Tiger Mosquito’s Disease-Spreading Potential Worries Health Officials →

San Quentin Responds to Possible Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Officials at San Quentin Prison have shut down the facility’s water system in response to a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says several inmates have been hospitalized at a Marin County hospital after falling ill. So far only one inmate Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading San Quentin Responds to Possible Legionnaires’ Outbreak →