Author: Ryan Jones

State Expands Fight Against Opioid Crisis

California continues to expand its efforts to combat the opioid addiction crisis with a boost of federal funding and a program model from an unlikely East Coast source. The latest component of the state’s medication assisted treatment plan for opioid addiction is called the Hub and Spoke System, which is based on a similar, highly…

Bright Outlook for Physical Therapy Industry is No Stretch

Good news came recently for those currently in the physical therapy field or are preparing to be. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of physical therapists is expected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is considerably more robust than the average for all occupations, Forbes reported…

Latest Issue of Consumer Connection is Out

The latest issue of Consumer Connection, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ quarterly magazine, is now available! In the cover story of the spring issue, we look at the state’s battle against wildfires and how homeowners can be a part of the solution. Also, we cover the growing problem of preschoolers being expelled, the nuts and…

Before Tossing Your Old Electronic Device, Wipe It Clean of Personal Data

What’s nearly as inevitable as death and taxes? Electronic device upgrades. And one precaution that is critical before moving on from a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer is wiping your data from the device. Whether donating, selling, or simply passing a device to a family member or friend, a factory reset is the minimum…

Impactful New Laws for 2019

As the new year approaches, so do new laws that will affect the lives of Californians. Here’s a sampling of legislation signed in 2018 by Gov. Jerry Brown (laws not taking effect Jan. 1 are noted): Doctor Disclosures—SB 1448 (Hill): When doctors in California are placed on probation for things such as ethical violations, substance…

Washing Some Foods Can Help You Avoid Illness

Nearly 48 million people are sickened nationwide every year by food contaminated with harmful germs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates. While most people know that handling animal products carefully is necessary to prevent illness, washing meat and poultry is not recommended. However, washing fruits and vegetables is recommended and can help consumers…

Daylight saving time year-round? Voters will decide

Tired of the jolt to your system when you “spring forward” and “fall back” because of time changes? California voters will have the chance to make daylight saving time year-round when they go to the polls in November. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 807 in June to put the initiative on the ballot that…

Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines Updated

The American Cancer Society has updated its colorectal cancer screening guidelines, most notably lowering the recommended age to begin testing to 45 instead of 50. The recommendation for people of average risk comes in the wake of research by the American Cancer Society (ACS) that shows that colorectal cancer (which includes both colon and rectal…

Defensible Space Protects Homes from Wildfires

Another destructive wildfire season is underway in California, and residents who want to minimize the risk of losing their home to a wildfire should start with ensuring their property has defensible space. Defensible space around a home is such a critical element to protecting properties—and any firefighters trying to save homes during a wildfire—that 100…

Covered California’s special enrollment open now for many uninsured

Covered California’s annual open-enrollment period doesn’t begin until Nov. 1, but if you are uninsured, you may still be able to get the health coverage you need. Those who are eligible can sign up for coverage through Covered California’s special-enrollment period, between now and Oct. 15, as long as they do so within 60 days…

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