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A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

    In a recent independent review, I recommended chaperones no longer be used as an interim protective measure to keep patients safe while allegations of sexual misconduct by a…

How new hepatitis C drugs could tackle liver cancer, too

How new hepatitis C drugs could tackle liver cancer, too

Wider availability of newer hepatitis C drugs may not only lead to fewer cases of this blood-borne disease, but may also slow the rise in related liver cancer. But…

Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

California voters handed Big Tobacco a resounding defeat Tuesday when they passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax by US$2 a pack (with increases in e-cigarettes and…

‘Not Turning Back’: California Governor Vows To Protect State’s Health Care

‘Not Turning Back’: California Governor Vows To Protect State’s Health Care

By Pauline Bartolone In an unusually impassioned speech, Gov. Jerry Brown vowed Tuesday to protect California’s health care gains under Obamacare against Republican attempts in Washington, D.C., to…

Fear Of Deportation, Hate Crimes Reportedly Threaten Mental Health Of Young Californians

Fear Of Deportation, Hate Crimes Reportedly Threaten Mental Health Of Young Californians

By Jocelyn Wiener In the months leading up to the presidential election, Guillermo and his friends at Oakland International High School had a running joke. “If Donald Trump wins,” they…

Amid Sign-Up Surge, Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline

Amid Sign-Up Surge, Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline

By Pauline Bartolone Californians are signing up in higher numbers than they did last year for health plans sold on the state’s health insurance exchange, despite great uncertainty over…

Environmentalists Offer To Help Protect Health Care Under Trump

Environmentalists Offer To Help Protect Health Care Under Trump

By Pauline Bartolone Environmental groups are laser-focused in their crusade for cleaner air and water, on curbing climate change, and preventing toxins from contaminating communities. But as they prepare…

Back To The Future: Insurance Pools For High-Risk Patients Could Be Revived

Back To The Future: Insurance Pools For High-Risk Patients Could Be Revived

By Pauline Bartolone It wasn’t so long ago that health insurance horror stories fueled discussions around the family dinner table and the national debate over health care reform. “One…

Some Panic, Others Shrug At Prospect Of Losing Obamacare

Some Panic, Others Shrug At Prospect Of Losing Obamacare

By Jenny Gold The 20 million Americans who have gained health coverage under the Affordable Care Act don’t yet know exactly how the presidency of Donald Trump will change…

Gun control: California, Nevada and Washington tighten firearms regulations

Gun control: California, Nevada and Washington tighten firearms regulations

Bindu Kalesan, Boston University and Sandro Galea, Boston University About 1.5 million people have been shot by a gun, 468,758 fatally, in the United States over the past…

Community Paramedics Work To Link Patients With Mental Health Care

Community Paramedics Work To Link Patients With Mental Health Care

By Shefali Luthra For Kelly Kjelstrom, plugging the gaps in mental health care can mean something as simple as a late-night taco and a friendly chat. Kjelstrom, 45, is…