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New cases of Valley fever are on the rise throughout California

From the Lodi News-Sentinel.

While Valley fever is a rising concern across the state, cases have gone down locally, according to California Department of Public Health.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, called Valley fever "a big and growing problem" that presents "substantial" economic and health costs for Californians.

Oct 15, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

California hospital cleared in transport of mentally ill woman to Nevada

From the Las vegas review Journal.

Napa State Hospital in California committed no wrongdoing in the discharge of a mentally ill woman who ended up at a Las Vegas emergency room in August, an investigation concluded.
The California Department of Public Health's investigation determined there was no violation of state or federal regulations by the 138-year-old public psychiatric facility northeast of San Francisco, state officials said of the case involving Amanda Brandes, 26. Family members contend Brandes was transported out of state and dumped at University Medical Center in Las Vegas without their knowledge.

Oct 15, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

State Department of Public Health guideline "shocks" Hinkley residents

From the Sun.

Hinkley residents were "shocked and dismayed" when the California Department of Public Health issued a standard for chromium-6 regulation that doesn't more closely match a public health goal already in place that is 500 times more stringent.

Oct 15, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

San Dimas-Based Quiches Recalled For Undeclared Soy Allergen

From the Glendora Patch.

The California Department of Public Health warns the labeling omission of a soy allergen on products by Glendora Quiche Co. could result in life-threatening reactions if consumed.

Sep 25, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Calif. Agency Must Turn Over Facility Citations

From the Courthouse News Service.

California's Department of Public Health must turn over citations it issued to state-run facilities treating people with mental illness or developmental disabilities, an appeals court ruled. The Center for Investigative Reporting filed a Public Records Act request in 2011, seeking copies of citations issued to seven of the state's residential facilities for violations of patient care standards. Although the news agency sought records going back to 2002, the Department of Public Health answered that it was only required to keep citations for four years.

Sep 25, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Sacramento-Area School Vaccine Exemptions Up by 30%, Report Says

From the California Healthline.

The number of Sacramento-area children who started kindergarten without vaccinations required by the state increased by 30% in the last school year, according to a report from the California Department of Public Health.

Sep 25, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Impoverished Lake County Death Rate Is Double the State Average

From AllGov.com.

When the California Department of Public Health released its annual report on the relative health of counties in the state, its director, Dr. Ron Chapman, said, "These trends point to a healthier California." That may be true for California as a whole, but not so much in Lake County, where the death rate is double the state average. Even if you adjust the numbers for age, aging Lake County is still 51% higher than the state average, at 989.2 deaths per 100,000 people, and dead last among the 58 counties.

Sep 09, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

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