Month: December 2016

Don’t Waste Your E-Waste: Put it to Work

In 2012, the United Nations reported that in five years, the world’s electronic waste would grow by 33% from 49.7 million tons to 65.4 million tons—that’s the weight of 200 Empire State Buildings or 11 Great Pyramids of Giza. Nearly five years after that prediction, we have arrived. Of the estimated $655.8 billion the National Retail…

California’s New Laws for 2017

In 2016, Governor Brown signed into law 898 pieces of legislation. Here’s a sampling of some of the new state laws: Barbering and booze: Under Assembly Bill (AB) 1322, Board of Barbering and Cosmetology-licensed beauty salons and barbershops can serve up to 12 ounces of beer or 6 ounces of wine to customers without having…

Ticks Don’t Take a Winter Vacation

You may think that in winter you don’t have to worry about tick prevention, but if you live in any of California’s snow-free, temperate regions, adult ticks and emerging nymphs pose a threat all year long. Adult ticks are active from October to May, while younger and smaller nymphal ticks—about the size of a sesame seed—are active from…

Put the Squeeze on Dealers That Sell Lemons

California resident Travis Z. Gonzales thought he had purchased a car at the Costa Mesa CarMax location. Instead, the 2007 Infiniti G35 he drove out of the lot was actually a lemon on wheels. Shortly after buying the car, Gonzales began experiencing several mechanical problems such as malfunctioning windows, transmission problems and instrument panel warning…

Holiday Stress: Tips to Help You Cope

  The holidays are here—and so are the squeeze of time constraints, budget-busting shopping, and being over-obligated. Travel can also add to the stress of the season. But, there are steps you can take to turn down the pressure gauges so you can relax and experience a joyful time with family and friends. Here are some suggestions from WebMD: Know…

Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation Chief Lori Ajax Serves on Emerald Cup Government Agencies Panel

Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation Chief Lori Ajax participated in the Government Agencies panel at the 13th Annual Emerald Cup, held recently at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif. The Emerald Cup bills itself as California’s premier outdoor organic medicinal cannabis competition for growing and breeding. The two-day event boasts thousands of attendees…

MEN! THE NURSING FIELD WANTS YOU!

NURSING TODAY Thanks to the aging of our population, demand for healthcare services and the number of nurses preparing to retire from the workforce, the job outlook for careers in the field of nursing is promising. The potential demand for more healthcare providers has created a need for an increase in recruitment and retention of…

The High Price of Insulin

The cost of another life-saving drug has dramatically increased. Back in September, the price of a two-pack of EpiPens, a widely used medication for severe allergic reactions, skyrocketed to $614—up from $100 back in 2007. The next drug with a soaring price tag: insulin. However, unlike EpiPens, insulin drugs must be taken on a daily…

Male Contraception Study Cut Short

A male contraception study, cosponsored by the United Nations and commissioned by the World Health Organization, was recently stopped after it was concluded that the drug caused too many side effects. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, tested the safety and effectiveness of a contraceptive shot that was administered every…

Dealing With the High Cost of Dying

Let’s face it. No one enjoys discussing death or dying, much less planning a funeral for a loved one or even for themselves. However uncomfortable the subject may be, if you don’t plan in advance, it could cost you both financially and emotionally. Shopping around for the most suitable and affordable funeral goods and services is…

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