Author: Michelle Cave

Greetings! I am an Information Officer with the California Department of Consumer Affairs and I am glad that you took a moment to check out our blog.

Body Art for Teens and Adolescents—Talk it Out First

“There is nothing permanent except change,” said Greek philosopher Heraclitus. That may be true, but not when it comes to body modifications. Body art, such as permanent tattoos, piercings (in locations other than the earlobe), stretching or scarification which involves scratching, etching, burning, branding (yes, like cattle) or superficially cutting designs into the skin, can…

Calling All Heroes: Capes on for American Diabetes Month

Today, 1 in 11 Americans has diabetes. Since 2015, the disease has retained its rank as the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Here’s a few more facts: It does not discriminate. It affects male and female, young and old, and people of all races, shapes, sizes and socio-economic levels. It’s invisible. Although 29…

Now Playing: The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (D.O.I) Video

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Investigation (DOI) serves as the law enforcement arm of DCA. DOI protects California consumers and licensees by investigating violations of California’s law, regulations and professional standards. Established in 1961, DOI provides law enforcement investigative services that focus on consumer protection for the boards, bureaus, programs, committees,…

ShakeOut. Don’t FreakOut. The Great California ShakeOut

The state of California has been dubbed “earthquake country” thanks to an infamous 800–mile–long crack otherwise known as the San Andreas Fault that travels along the state from the Salton Sea in the south to Cape Mendocino in the north. Earthquakes occur daily in California because there are thousands of fault lines that run up…

Don’t Let Your Halloween Costume Contact Lenses Turn Your Eyes into a Permanent Fright

If you are considering using costume contact lenses as part of your Halloween get-up this season, make sure you don’t purchase them from a gas station, online store, or other unlicensed dealer—or you and your eyes could be in for a real scare. Costume contact lenses are also referred to by several descriptive names such…

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO HELP PSYCHOLOGISTS PREVENT SUICIDE

On September 1, 2017, day one of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 89 (Levine), which was co-sponsored by the California Board of Psychology. Click here to view the news release.

Weighing In On Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a major health problem. Currently, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6-19) has obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that since the 1970s the percentage of obese children in the United States has more than tripled. The CDC defines obesity as “having excess body fat.” Many factors…

BRN is Doing Their Part to Go Green!

This September, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is making strides to reduce their use of paper by requiring license applications and renewals to be submitted online for Registered Nurse (RN) and advanced practice licensees. Obsolete pocket (identification) cards are also being eliminated. The rationale for this modification? An individual’s license status can change…

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.

Disaster can strike at any time without warning. National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an annual nationwide campaign held during the month of September which encourages Americans, including the young, old, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, to plan ahead.   Initially launched in 2004 as an effort by the federal government…

Don’t Let Excitement Overshadow Safety During the Solar Eclipse

For approximately 2 to 3 hours on Monday, August 21, 500 million people across a large portion of North America will experience a rare phenomenon—a total solar eclipse. It’s been nearly 40 years since the United States was in the path of a total solar eclipse; people are paying exorbitant amounts in airfare and lodging…

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