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People Foods Can Be Dangerous for Pets

What may be innocuous foods for you may be highly toxic for your pet to consume. Before you slip them a snack, know what foods can be harmful—or even life-threatening—to your pet. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), here are…

Searching for Alternative Healing? Try Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturopathic medicine has been around for centuries, it has experienced an increase in acceptance as an alternative or complement to conventional western medicine over the past 10 years. Rebecca Mitchell, Executive Officer of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Naturopathic Medicine Committee (NMC), believes that naturopathic medicine will continue to grow and become an…

Diabetics Gain More Protection From Bad Actors Thanks to AB 602

People affected by diabetes received some good news this week when Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 602 into law. The law, which takes effect immediately, helps protect the health and safety of patients with diabetes by prohibiting pharmacies from selling or distributing counterfeit or improperly stored test strips and glucose meters.…

A New Office to Support Students

Visualize an organization within DCA whose core purpose is to help students of private postsecondary schools during some of the most trying times of their educational journey. As of July 6, that visualization came into sharp focus as the newly formed Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR) rolled out its multitude of services. Established…

Governor’s Budget Bill Brings Changes to California’s Cannabis Regulatory Framework

Trailer bill melds previous legislation with Proposition 64; creates Bureau of Cannabis Control Earlier this spring, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health and Department of Food and Agriculture released proposed regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. These licensing authorities held public hearings and accepted written…

Mammograms: Women Join the Conversation

Mammogram screenings starting at age 40 reduce the chances of death due to breast cancer, but screenings can also lead to harmful effects such as anxiety, false-positive results, unnecessary biopsies, and overtreatment. As a result, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recently updated its mammogram screening guidelines. With its new recommendations, which apply…

A Sweetheart of a Scam: Online Dating Fraud

Online dating can be complicated. It entails sifting through loads of profiles, getting a dialogue going, deciding if you want to meet, going on a date, and eventually figuring out if you’re actually compatible. Now to make the process even trickier, you also need to take precautions against online dating fraud. Online criminals use dating…

Keeping it Cool: Worth Your Time and Energy

Turning down the temperature on your air conditioner isn’t the only solution for keeping your house cool. Here are some easy ways, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy, to stay comfortable during the warm months, while also reducing your home energy bill. Draw your shades. Simply closing…

Get the Right Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes

Everyone wants a new pair of sunglasses to look cool, but before settling on a pair of shades, consumers should consider their eye health and how well sunglasses protect against the sun’s harmful rays. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), six factors are most important when shopping for sunglasses: Protection from ultraviolet (UV)…

Fake Online Pharmacies: The Dangers Are Real

Like many “deals” that sound too good to be true, the same goes for most online prescriptions. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fake online pharmacies not only steal your money, but can cost you your personal and financial information, health, or even your life. Your financial identity may be at risk…

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