Author: DCA Staff Writer

New Law Enables Better Mental Health Care in ER

A new law that takes effect January 1 gives emergency healthcare providers improved access to patients’ medical records—something that can be crucial during a mental health crisis or when a patient is unable to provide consent. Assembly Bill 1119, signed by Governor Brown in September, addresses the lack of clarity in existing law, which has…

Overloaded: Coping With Bad News in the Media

No doubt, we’re inundated with a stream of tragic news—from mass shootings and plane crashes to devastating natural disasters and the next pandemic disease. Although our unfettered access to news and images can be useful and convenient, it can also be detrimental—processing all the bad news can leave one feeling overwhelmed, and even depressed. Before…

Coughing Up Money for Nothing: Consider Other Remedies When Sick

When searching for the perfect elixir to suppress a stubborn cough, many of us turn to over-the-counter or prescription-strength cough medicine. However, “perfect” is far from what cough medicine is, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). After reviewing trials that looked at medicines such as cough syrups and…

Covered California Open Enrollment Starts November 1

If recent news about the Affordable Care Act has confused you about the current and future status of Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, you’re not alone. Between multiple attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the recent move to end federal subsidy payments, and shorter (45-day) open enrollment periods in some states, it’s…

Get Ready: Flood Preparedness Week, October 21–28

If this year’s rainy season is anything like last year’s, the threat of floods in California is a real concern. To prepare, California Flood Preparedness Week, October 21–28, can help inform you on your flood risk and any necessary safety measures you should take. According to the Department of Water Resources (DWR), flooding is the…

Eclipse Blindness: It’s a Thing

You may have done it. Even the President did it. If you looked up at the solar eclipse on August 21 without eclipse glasses or other eye protection, there’s a chance you may have caused damage to your eyes. According to NASA, the sun’s surface is so intensely bright that it produces enough light to…

Plantar Fasciitis: Taking Steps to ‘Heel’ Thyself

Your feet take a beating every day. They’re responsible for helping you stand, walk, and sometimes kick, run, and dance. With all that daily wear and tear, over time your feet may suffer from aches and pains—one of the most common of which is plantar fasciitis. This painful foot condition occurs when there’s an inflammation…

Some Antibiotics May Do More Harm Than Good

When taken properly, antibiotics are generally thought of as innocuous, helpful medications. However, not all bacteria-fighting drugs are alike. One class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, can cause dangerous, possibly permanent, side effects—even birth defects. Despite their extreme potency and potential risks, fluoroquinolones—including Avelox, Cipro, Factive, Levaquin, and Ofloxacin—are commonly prescribed to treat a host of…

Desperately Seeking Slumber

An alarming health issue that literally lurks in your sleep has been getting more attention lately and with good reason. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which a person may stop breathing more than 50 times per hour and it can target anyone, at any age — and it can affect your brain in…

Don’t Get Tripped Up Exiting a Timeshare

Getting rid of a timeshare isn’t easy, and, unfortunately, some cons are taking advantage of that predicament. Timeshare scams have been operating for some time; the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) began warning consumers about this type of fraud back in 2012 and updated their warning in 2013. Although the idea of renting or…

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