New Laws for the New Year

From making California into a sanctuary state to banning marijuana use while driving, hundreds of new California laws were signed by Governor Brown last year. Here’s a sampling of laws that became effective January 1. Optometrists’ scope of practice: AB 443 alleviates pressure on the health care system and makes eye care more accessible by…

Bureau of Cannabis Control Updates

Mark your calendar for Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting and licensing workshops Cannabis Advisory Committee Meeting The year’s first meeting of the Cannabis Advisory Committee will be held this Thursday, January 18, in Sacramento. The committee advises the bureau and the other licensing authorities—the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public…

STAYING SECURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The number of scams and malware taking advantage of social media users and platforms is on the rise.  Social media scams are easy to create and can target thousands of people at once due to how users interact with pages, posts, and contacts.  Once your account is compromised, malicious actors can leverage it as a…

BPA Still Used in Food Packaging

The potential dangers of BPA, or bisphenol A, have been in the news for years. However, despite numerous studies and expert opinions, it still receives federal approval in some plastic food containers. This chemical component helps to harden plastic and can be found in our food storage containers and water bottles. BPA is also used…

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Nearly 3 million Americans have glaucoma and half of them don’t know it. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Our eyes are made of fluid, delicate tissues and nerves.  If clear eye fluid drains too slowly this can place pressure on the optic nerve (the part of the…

DENTAL HYGIENE COMMITTEE APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  The Department of Consumer Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Lum as the new Executive Officer for the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC), effective today. Read the news release here.

Coming Soon: Powerful Shingles Vaccine for Those 50 and Up

Just five days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the new shingles vaccine Shingrix, an advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed its use. The CDC panel said Shingrix is much more effective than the previously approved vaccine in protecting protect older adults from developing shingles—a painful,…

The Tax Code’s Red Glare

You’ll probably hear the sound of fireworks at the stroke of midnight on January 1, but something else happens at midnight that’s causing plenty of fireworks without any sound at all. In less than a week the new tax system will go into effect. The sweeping legislation, official name H.R. 1 (115), is the first…

Beating The Post Holiday Blues

‘Tis the season to be jolly. That’s what the old Christmas song says anyway. But once those pretty presents are unwrapped, the festive parties are a memory and the hustle and bustle of the season winds down, many people are left singing the blues. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) the post-holiday blues are indeed a…

Put it on Your Reading List: The Winter 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine!

Happy holidays from the staff of the Consumer Connection magazine! The last issue for 2017 is filled with articles about everything from hormone replacement therapy to power poses, seniors and technology, football helmets, liquid cremation, and much more! Our cover story features the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the preparations it is making to begin…

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