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Droids for Grandma!

When the first Star Wars movie was released in May 1977, the thought of having a droid or robot as a companion was still an idea that was far, far away. However, as Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters today, having a droid, or robot, around the house is now a real thing.…

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…

Cannabis Licensing Authorities Release Proposed Emergency Medicinal and Adult-Use Regulations

California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities have announced that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review. The announcement was made during the Cannabis Advisory Committee‘s first meeting held November 16, 2017, in Sacramento. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of…

Coding From a Clipboard: Life Situation Forms

The next time you visit the doctor, you might have a different type of form to fill out. They’re called life situation forms, and they are helping physicians get a more 360-degree view of your life—where you live, your financial situation, if you have kids, etc.—in order to figure out the best way help you…

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…

Mosquitoes: Real-Life Fiction—With a Bite

San Francisco had the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Tippi Hedren was attacked by The Birds in Bodega Bay. But those horror stories were just that—stories. Right now, there’s a real-life invasion happening in Southern California—Aedes mosquitoes have moved in—and they’re not ready to leave. Officials reported a 330% spike in mosquitoes over the past…

Itching to Do Some Fundraising? Just Let it Grow

If you think you’re seeing more men with beards and moustaches during the month of November, you’re not imagining things. Since 2003, every November is also Movember, the month when men grow beards and ‘staches to raise funds for projects in the areas of men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate and testicular cancers. You don’t…

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…

State Barbering and Cosmetology Board to Hold Workers’ Rights Town Halls in Northern and Southern California

Today, the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology held the first of two public town hall events to educate its licensees on workers’ rights and responsibilities. Read the full news release in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean here.  

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