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Avoiding a health code violation: In-depth look at Riverside County’s food safety inspection process

Most people don’t usually think about food safety until they or someone they know gets sick from contaminated food.  Every day, inspectors with the Riverside County Environmental Health Department go out and assess whether food facilities meet health standards. Most inspections are routine, but some are prompted by complaints.  A health scare at Desert Regional Medical

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‘Covered California’ extends healthcare enrollment window

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Covered California announced on Wednesday that those looking for health insurance through the state-operated marketplace now have until midnight of Feb. 9, 2024, to enroll. The previous deadline was set for the end of January, but due to increased demand and recent difficulty getting ahold of Covered California representatives, the open-enrollment period has

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Riverside County infant who died tested positive for RSV, health officials say

An infant from southwest Riverside County who died earlier this month tested positive for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), health officials announced on Friday. The infant died at a local hospital after being taken there with respiratory difficulties. No other information about the infant is being released, officials said. “Public Health mourns the loss of any

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California’s new mental health court rolls out to high expectations and uncertainty

By JANIE HAR Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An alternative mental health court program designed to fast-track people with untreated schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders into housing and medical care — potentially without their consent — kicked off in seven California counties, including San Francisco, on Monday. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom created the new

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FDA advisers vote against experimental ALS treatment pushed by patients

By MATTHEW PERRONEAP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health advisers voted overwhelmingly against an experimental treatment for Lou Gehrig’s disease at a Wednesday meeting prompted by years of patient efforts seeking access to the unproven therapy. The panel of Food and Drug Administration experts voted 17-1 that drugmaker Brainstorm’s stem cell-based treatment has not

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