Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’




California’s uninsured increasing in numbers

California’s uninsured population is among the nation’s highest at 19.7 percent and continuing to increase, according to a new Census Bureau report. Even though nationally the number of those without medical insurance fell from 16.3 percent to 15.7 percent in... (Continue reading)

Prescription drug use epidemic linked to violent crime

Police said a recent string of assaults in Grover Beach may be linked to an increase in prescription drug use. [KSBY] In all three cases, victims were beaten by their alleged assailants. In one case, the suspect demanded a man... (Continue reading)

Cambria murder suspect sought help for mental illness

By KAREN VELIE Brandon Henslee, 22, tried to get help for his mental illness more than a year ago. Today, he sits in jail accused of killing his younger brother late last month. Henslee became the sixth mentally ill person... (Continue reading)

Valley Fever cases rise in San Luis Obispo County

Cases of Valley Fever in San Luis Obispo County have more than doubled over the past few years from 87 reported cases in 2009 to 225 cases in 2011. [KSBY] So far this year, there have been 100 reported cases.... (Continue reading)

Bird dies of West Nile Virus in San Luis Obispo

A bird infected with West Nile virus has been found in San Luis Obispo. This is the first confirmed case of the disease this year in San Luis Obispo County. The County Health Agency said there had been 34 cases... (Continue reading)

Lead found in Red Vine Black Licorice

The American Licorice Co. voluntarily recalled 1-pound bags of its Red Vines Black Licorice Twists after the candy was found to have levels of lead that exceed the state standards. Company officials identified the product as having a “best before”... (Continue reading)

E. coli found in Salinas lettuce

Romaine lettuce samples  from a Salinas farm  have been found to be contaminated with E. coli and a recall was voluntarily initiated by the producer on Sunday. Canadian food inspectors notified Tanimura & Antle producers that a check of the... (Continue reading)

Trader Joe’s barbeque chicken salad recalled

Federal food inspectors initiated a recall of Trader Joe’s barbeque chicken salads because the onions used in the salad may be contaminated with listeria bacteria. United States Department of Agriculture officials announced in a press release on Friday that Huxtable’s... (Continue reading)

Los Osos doctor develops diet drug

A diet drug created by a Los Osos doctor was approved Tuesday by the The Food and Drug Administration. Doctor Thomas Najarian developed the diet pill Qsymia, which was originally dubbed Qnexa. This makes the first time in 13 years... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors pass smoking ban

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to ban smoking at all parks, county parking lots and at other outdoor locations Supervisors Bruce Gibson, Adam Hill and Jim Patterson voted in favor of the ordinance that... (Continue reading)