Month: July 2017

Governor’s Budget Bill Brings Changes to California’s Cannabis Regulatory Framework

Trailer bill melds previous legislation with Proposition 64; creates Bureau of Cannabis Control Earlier this spring, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health and Department of Food and Agriculture released proposed regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. These licensing authorities held public hearings and accepted written…

Mammograms: Women Join the Conversation

Mammogram screenings starting at age 40 reduce the chances of death due to breast cancer, but screenings can also lead to harmful effects such as anxiety, false-positive results, unnecessary biopsies, and overtreatment. As a result, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recently updated its mammogram screening guidelines. With its new recommendations, which apply…

A Sweetheart of a Scam: Online Dating Fraud

Online dating can be complicated. It entails sifting through loads of profiles, getting a dialogue going, deciding if you want to meet, going on a date, and eventually figuring out if you’re actually compatible. Now to make the process even trickier, you also need to take precautions against online dating fraud. Online criminals use dating…

Do Your Homework When Choosing Career Training

As you think about your future, you may be considering options other than attending a traditional four-year college or you may be looking at changing careers. You could be planning for a vocation or employment that instead requires special training, a certificate or a two-year degree. If so, you will need to do some homework…

Beware of Home Improvement Scams

  Home improvement season is here and many people are considering sprucing up their homes or repairing damage caused by this past winter’s torrential rainstorms. While the record-setting levels of rainfall has eliminated the drought throughout most of the state, the excessive amount of water has resulted in crumbling roads/driveways, flood damage to homes, toppled…

A Smarter Summer

You’re probably aware that the first day of summer kicked off on June 21, the summer solstice. The term solstice is Latin for sun stand still. Apparently, the sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays beam on the Earth at a more direct angle, making it the day with the…

Keeping it Cool: Worth Your Time and Energy

Turning down the temperature on your air conditioner isn’t the only solution for keeping your house cool. Here are some easy ways, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy, to stay comfortable during the warm months, while also reducing your home energy bill. Draw your shades. Simply closing…

Get the Right Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes

Everyone wants a new pair of sunglasses to look cool, but before settling on a pair of shades, consumers should consider their eye health and how well sunglasses protect against the sun’s harmful rays. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), six factors are most important when shopping for sunglasses: Protection from ultraviolet (UV)…

Suicide Does Not Discriminate

The report of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington’s suicide yesterday and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s suicide in May are two in a long list of high-profile celebrities who have taken their own lives. It also starts discussions about the causes of, and mystery surrounding, suicide itself.                      …

Don’t Let Dangerous Diseases Ruin Your Trip Abroad

Planning a trip out of the country? Be sure to check in advance for any needed vaccinations or medications because far-off and exotic travel destinations may harbor dangerous diseases. Malaria, measles, chicken pox, yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, rabies, dengue fever, flu and typhoid are just some of the serious illnesses found throughout the…

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