California Counties Sue Drug Makers Over Opioid Epidemic
5/16/2018 12:14:34 PM

SACRAMENTO—Dozens of California counties are suing drug makers and pharmacy chains that officials say created a public nuisance by manufacturing and distributing prescription painkillers they say contributed to the deaths of 64,000 people in the United States in 2016 alone. The Sacramento Bee reported that Sacramento, Placer and 10 other Northern California counties filed a lawsuit this week in federal court in Sacramento alleging that racketeering and fraud by the companies led to the nation's opioid epidemic. Officials say 30 California counties are expected to file such...

Blacks Can’t Afford to Ignore Dental Health
5/16/2018 11:41:06 AM

By Julianne Malveaux While Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the all children, provide a safety net, access to dental care is a big issue, especially for children of color. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States, five times as prevalent as asthma, and dental care is one of the nation’s greatest unmet children’s health needs.,” Why? Sometimes children’s parents simply did not arrange for them to see a dentist. Sometimes, dental services...

Underprepared Cancer Docs Still Recommend Medicinal Marijuana
5/16/2018 11:37:05 AM

By Carla K. Johnson   SEATTLE—Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they've recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don't know enough about medicinal use. The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. That leaves doctors to make assumptions from other research on similar prescription drugs, or in...

Graduates Losing Health Coverage Eligible for Covered California
5/16/2018 11:36:17 AM

You have finally climbed the mountaintop and are about to graduate from college. You’re going to walk across that stage, grab that diploma and begin the rest of your life. But life can change in an instant, and it’s imperative to have the important things—like your health—covered. Graduation means some of you may be coming off a school-sponsored health plan, or turning 26, the limit for when you can remain on your parents’ health plan. Some of you may be getting married and entering a new phase of life. “Congratulations, graduates, for everything...

Against the Odds: 3 Black Doctors Detail Journey to Success
5/16/2018 11:35:03 AM

By Chevel Johnson   NEW ORLEANS—One used to deal drugs on the streets of New Orleans. Another grew up in Chicago with two drug-addicted parents. A third survived the tough streets of New York and Washington, D.C., where he once stared down the barrel of a gun. All three young Black men became board-certified doctors. In an interview with The Associated Press, Pierre Johnson, Maxime Madhere and Joe Semien Jr. said they knew the odds were stacked against them when they entered Xavier University of Louisiana in 1998 with hopes of becoming doctors. Black men make up...

1st Death Reported in Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak
5/10/2018 10:43:03 AM

By Mike Stobbe   The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The death was reported in California, but state and federal health officials did not provide any other details. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak last week, revealing that 121 people had gotten sick in 25 states. At least 52 people have been hospitalized, including 14 with kidney failure, which is an unusually high number of hospitalizations. The CDC also added Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah to the...

Oxnard’s Budget Has Highs and Lows
5/9/2018 9:48:53 AM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   Part two of the Oxnard City Council budget workshop picks up with development services, which includes planning, building, development, engineering, and code compliance.   Interim City Manager Scott Whitney said the city of Ventura is approximately half the size of Oxnard but has the same number of employees within its building department. “They have five more planners than we have in Oxnard,” he said. He said Cultural and Community Services include lifelong living, Recreation, Community...

Raiders' Hurst Happy to Turn Focus from Heart to Football
5/8/2018 10:44:54 PM

By Josh Dubow   ALAMEDA—After months of questions about the health of his heart sent him tumbling down the draft board until being taken by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round, Maurice Hurst was happy to get on the practice field and turn the conversation to football. Hurst took part in his first practice as a pro Friday when the Raiders opened their rookie minicamp with three promising pass rushers they hope can bolster their defense. “Just trying to get all of that stuff behind me, try to get people to stop talking about it,” Hurst said....

Democrats Using 2017 'Obamacare' Vote as Political Weapon
5/8/2018 10:41:08 PM

By Alan Fram   WASHINGTON—A year ago, Democrats sarcastically serenaded Republicans with chants of “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, goodbye” as the GOP shoved legislation through the House scuttling the Obamacare health care law. Now, Democrats battling to capture House and Senate control in November's elections are trying to weaponize that roll call, in which 217 Republicans voted yes. In Michigan, Arkansas and elsewhere, Democrats are hammering Republicans for voting to replace the increasingly popular statute with a bill Congress' own budget experts...

USC Receives $12.5 Million Gift for Lung Disease Research
5/3/2018 11:15:23 AM

LOS ANGELES—USC scientists developing new treatments and cures for lung disease have received a $12.5 million donation from the Hastings Foundation, the university announced Friday. The gift renews the foundation's commitment to the USC Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, which it established in 2014 with a $7.5 million donation. Researchers at the center seek breakthroughs in the laboratory that can be translated into new and promising approaches for lung injury, repair and regeneration. "This generous support will enhance our research on serious pulmonary...