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Audit Finds That California Prisoners Were Illegally Sterilized

Jun 21, 2014
CDCR

A California State Audit has found that dozens of women in state prisons were sterilized illegally. Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone says prison medical officials are faulted for not following consent laws. Lawmakers called for the audit after coverage from the Center for Investigative Reporting last year. The Center found more than 100 incarcerated women had tubal ligations without proper approvals since 2006. The new audit shows that in some cases, physicians didn’t sign forms to...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

New research this week questions the connection between air pollution and asthma. In 2011, a study by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District established a link between asthma-related ER visits and levels of PM2.5, or fine particulate matter in valley air. But after a follow-up to that study, the Air District now reports that for a number of years, asthma-related ER visits increased even as PM2.5 levels dropped. David Lighthall, health science advisor to the Air District, says...

Craig Kohlruss / Just One Breath - Reporting On Health Collaborative / The Fresno Bee

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will include the fungus that causes valley fever on a list of pathogens eligible for federal research funding. Experts like John Galgiani from the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona say the move will aid in the development of drugs to treat the disease. "It's another example of increasing recognition of the importance of this problem," Galgiani said. "And repeated recognition can only help but identify...

Families Concerned By Possible IHSS Changes

Jun 11, 2014
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California’s In-Home Supportive Services program allows the disabled to remain in their homes by paying for their caregivers. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a proposal to modify the program is creating tension in the state budget process. James and Judy Lee are caregivers to this son Justin, who was born with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Because of the severity of his condition, his mom Judy became certified as an In-Home Supportive Services worker. This allows her to be paid...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This is part of a Valley Public Radio original series on how the health of rivers impact the health of communities produced as a project for The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship , a program of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. --- Even in the middle of a drought, the San Joaquin River is a lush oasis of water and wildlife at the northern edge of sprawling suburban Fresno. The river begins in the high country of the Sierra Nevada and flows downstream through...

The same human characteristics that build community can also work against its well-being. As humans, we give back to those who are kind to us and we feel indebted to those who show us kindness. In this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is , philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield argues that our disposition for reciprocity can work against the common good. ---- I gave a talk a few years back to a room full of physicians, during which I urged them to...

Three Year California Medical School Pilot Program Set to Begin

Jun 9, 2014
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Students in a pilot accelerated medical school program at UC Davis will begin classes this summer. A bill in the California legislature would allow them to obtain licenses in less than four years. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports. The program was set up to address a growing problem in California. Bonilla : “We have far more patients than we have doctors.” That’s Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla. She says her bill would...

Commentary: What Is Death?

Jun 2, 2014

Should parents have to option to determine the definition of death for their children? Jahi McMath’s case has motivated that question, along with a host of associated ethical concerns. In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s The Moral Is , Christopher Meyers, Professor of Philosophy at CSU Bakersfield and a clinical ethicist, concludes that there are medical, scientific and moral reasons why determinations of death must be left to health care experts. ----...

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A new bill that would allow Californians to opt-out of mail order pharmaceutical programs advanced Friday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 2418 would also allow patients and pharmacists to synchronize the pickup of multiple medications. The bill is a response to cost-savings efforts by many health insurance providers that have limited options for how patients receive their prescription drugs. Jon Roth is the CEO of the California Pharmacists Association: "Health plans and pharmacy...

Jennifer Weibert

Last week, 1700 high school students from over 70 countries met in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including 5 students from Fresno and Clovis. Beatrice Choi, a sophomore from Fresno’s University High School, brought home third place in Chemistry. A team from Clovis North Clovis won a special award from the American Statistical Association. Their project established a relationship between body mass, sensitivity to taste, and protein receptors in the brain...

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