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State withholds details on developmental center slaying

From ABC News.

In early 2009, a 16-year-old girl with mental retardation was slain at the Fairview Developmental Center in Orange County. The state-operated institution didn't tell the public about the deadly assault.

After three years, the California Department of Public Health penalized Fairview in April for its role in the patient's death, issuing a written citation and a $10,000 fine for failing to protect a patient from harm. The developmental center is required under state law to prominently display the citation for the public to see.

But the institution couldn't produce a copy last week, administrators told a California Watch reporter who attempted to review the citation at Fairview.

Jun 11, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Health center eyes cutting Merced, Stanislaus teen birth rate

From the Modesto Bee.

Despite California's teen birth rate dropping to a record low, teen pregnancy continues to rank as a serious problem in Merced and Stanislaus counties.

Merced County ranked No. 9 and Stanislaus County ranked No. 18 in the number of teen pregnancies per 1,000 teenagers, according to a recent report from the California Department of Public Health.

That outlook could change with the help of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which was implemented in January at all of Golden Valley's sites in Merced and Stanislaus counties.

Jun 11, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

13 California hospitals fined for dangerous lapses

From the San Francisco Chronicle.

State regulators have fined 13 hospitals in California for substandard care that could have led to injury or death.

The California Department of Public Health issued the fines Friday and hospitals have a right to appeal the fines within 10 days.

Southwest Healthcare System in Murrieta received its eighth penalty and was ordered to pay $100,000. The hospital is accused of poor monitoring that resulted in the death of a full-term, viable baby delivered at the hospital.

Jun 04, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Infant deaths in California hit record low

From the Los Angeles Times.

Infant mortality in the state has dropped to a record low but racial disparities persist, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The rate of death among infants a year old or less decreased from 4.9 per 1,000 live births in 2009 to 4.7 deaths in 2010. Statistics for 2011 are not yet available.

Infant mortality dropped most dramatically among blacks, but their rates continue to be much higher than whites.

May 29, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

California Warns of Botulism Risk in Jarred Soups

From the Food Safety News.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers on Thursday not to eat Taste of Roux, LLC jarred vegetarian soups because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium Botulinum.

May 29, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Monterey County passes tough tobacco sales law

From the Californian.com.

A county ordinance passed Tuesday will have enforcement teeth with tough penalties for those who illegally sell tobacco products in unincorporated Monterey County to those under 18. The law will provide for enforcement that state law lacks, proponents said. In 2010, 48 percent of retailers in Monterey County surveyed by the California Department of Public Health illegally sold cigarettes to minors.

May 23, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

California Lettuce Recall Affects Iowa Customers

From WOI-DT, Des Moines.

The California Department of Public Health is warning people Friday not to eat certain bagged salads manufactured by River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. To date, no illnesses have been reported. The recalled salad products were distributed nationwide to retail and food service outlets under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer's Market, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco.

May 23, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

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