Enough Is Enough and I’ve Had Enough
7/12/2018 10:22:40 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I have had enough of some things. There are, however, some things I can never have enough. Apple fritters and coffee are things I can never have enough of. I would never use the word “enough” with these words. Some things are in this category of “I’ve Had Enough.” Recently, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “Your birthday is coming up. What do you want to do for your birthday?” I looked at her like I have never looked at her before and said, “Enough, I’ve had enough of birthdays...

City Reviews Marijuana Profits
6/27/2018 5:51:44 PM

Item Could Provide Needed Revenue to the City   By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   A potential payday for the City of Oxnard is waiting in the wings, as the Cannabis study session June 26, showed potentially $1.8 million of additional revenue for the city. The study session examined the various types of cannabis industries the city can support along with the fiscal implications that goes along with allowing its use in the city. The state passed the Adult Use Marijuana Act on Nov. 8, 2016, and the city council approved medical cannabis...

California Restaurants Host Refugee Chefs Who Offer a Taste of Home
6/27/2018 5:50:16 PM

By Lorin Eleni Gill   SAN FRANCISCO—At San Francisco's Tawla restaurant, Muna Anaee powdered her hands with flour and gently broke off a piece of golden dough to prepare bread eaten in Iraq, the country she fled with her family. Anaee was preparing more than 100 loaves for diners Wednesday night as part of a program that lets refugees aspiring to be chefs work in professional kitchens. The Refugee Food Festival—a joint initiative of the United Nations Refugee Agency and a French nonprofit, Food Sweet Food—started in Paris in 2016 and came to the...

High Court Rules Against California ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center’ Law
6/27/2018 5:45:25 PM

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively put an end to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion. The 5-4 ruling also casts doubts on similar laws in Hawaii and Illinois. The California law took effect in 2016. It requires centers that are licensed by the state to tell clients about the availability of contraception, abortion and prenatal care, at little or no cost. Centers that are unlicensed were required to post a sign that said so. The court struck down that portion of the law. The centers said...

A Cancer Screening Flop: Few Smokers Seek Free Lung Scans
6/21/2018 9:36:49 PM

By Marilynn Marchione   Lung cancer screening has proved to be stunningly unpopular. Five years after government and private insurers started paying for it, less than 2 percent of eligible current and former smokers have sought the free scans, researchers report. The study didn't explore why, but experts say possible explanations include worries about false alarms and follow-up tests, a doctor visit to get the scans covered, fear and denial of the consequences of smoking and little knowledge that screening exists. “People are not aware that this is a test...

California Moves to Expand Access to Opioid Antidote
6/21/2018 9:35:56 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—California is moving to expand access to an antidote for opioid overdoses by allowing organizations that may not have a medical director to distribute and administer the drug, state health officials said Friday. Under a new order from the state health department, groups with syringe exchange programs and other organizations will now be able to access naloxone, which works almost immediately to reverse an opioid overdose, the California Department of Health said. More than half of U.S. states have similar policies, California Department of Health Director Karen...

California Moves to Clear Coffee of Cancer-Risk Stigma
6/21/2018 9:34:39 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES (AP)—California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America's favorite beverage they can drink up without fear. The unprecedented action last week by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to propose a regulation to clear coffee of the stigma that it could pose a toxic risk followed a review of more than 1,000 studies published this week by the World Health Organization that found inadequate evidence that coffee causes...

Getting Married? Get Covered!
6/21/2018 9:29:38 PM

Before you walk down that aisle and “style and profile” on your wedding day, you have a million things to think about. Make sure your health insurance coverage is one of them. We are in the middle of wedding season, which happens to coincide with Covered California’s special-enrollment period, and getting married is one of the ways Californians can qualify to sign up for health insurance instead of having to wait until open enrollment in the fall. As long as you apply for coverage within 60 days of your wedding, you are eligible to sign up. “We would like...

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs of Depression
6/11/2018 1:14:19 PM

Philadelphia, Pa.—While it is common for everyone to feel down or sad at times, a person whose symptoms last for more than two weeks may be having a major depressive episode, according to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).1 An estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.2 The treatments for depression can vary and include medications, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. “Often the most difficult cases of depression can be...

Study Finds Many Bullies Grow up to Be Badly-Behaved Adults
6/11/2018 1:13:08 PM

A study published in School Psychology Review found that 30 percent of children admit to bullying others. In addition to potentially causing physical and psychological distress for their victims, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that children who bully others are more likely to engage in alcohol and/or drug abuse, physical violence, criminal activity, domestic violence, and other destructive behaviors. “While it is certainly important for parents to confront signs that their children are being bullied, it is equally important for parents to respond when it...