Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’

Morro Bay considering smoking ban

Morro Bay City Council voted 3-2 last week to ask its city attorney to draft a regulation that would ban smoking in all outdoor public places. [Tribune] Both Mayor Bill Yates and Councilman George Leage voted against having City Attorney... (Continue reading)

Feds nix plan for Medi-Cal co-pays

An effort by the Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to raise nearly $300 million through Medi-Cal co-payments has been quashed by federal officials. [Sacramento Bee] The unprecedented state plan was to assess a pay-per-visit fee for low-income Medi-Cal patients, and to... (Continue reading)

SLO County CHW hospitals split from the Catholic Church

Catholic Healthcare West, which operates two hospitals in San Luis Obispo County, changed its name on Monday to Dignity Health and cut its affiliation with the Catholic Church. [SacramentoBee] The change is not expected to impact patient care or employees... (Continue reading)

In-home care back in budget

A budget-mandated reduction of in-home care for 372,000 elderly and disabled Californians was blocked Thursday by a federal judge. [SF Chronicle] Gov. Jerry Brown’s current budget would slash 20 percent from a program called In-Home Supportive Services if revenue projections... (Continue reading)

Red wine researcher besmirched

Red wine’s benefits to cardiovascular health have been extolled for years, and now an East Coast researcher known for his research on the issue is being accused of falsifying data. [SF Chronicle] Behavior of Dipak Das of the University of... (Continue reading)

Breathe easy… fire up a joint

Light to moderate smoking of marijuana might not have any injurious effects on lung health, and may actually improve lung capacity, a new study by scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham contends. [Reuters] Dr. Stefan Kertesz, who worked... (Continue reading)

Feds accuse local hospitals of overcharging

Catholic Healthcare West paid $875,564 to the United States to settle allegations that certain of its affiliate hospitals, including French Hospital in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, overcharged Medicare during a period of almost a decade, United... (Continue reading)

Salmonella prompts cilantro recall

Cilantro samples from a Salinas-based company have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella and a seven state recall has been initiated, according to Pacific Cilantro. On Friday, Pacific Cilantro said the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in a... (Continue reading)

An apple juice a day boosts arsenic

Many fruit juices contain more arsenic than previously thought, more than the government allows in drinking water. But despite the findings of a recent Consumer Reports investigation, not much is expected to change soon. As the investigation’s results were announced,... (Continue reading)

E. coli found in Cal Poly eggnog

Eggnog samples from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo have been found to be contaminated with E. coli and a recall has been initiated, according to Cal Poly. The Cal Poly Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of... (Continue reading)