December 2008 Health Care Stories Archive


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  • Health Cuts in Governor's New Year's Budget
    The governor’s proposed budget includes cuts to health care services for the poor and disabled. And patient advocates are crying foul.
    Wednesday, December 31, 2008
  • Providers Strained by Increase in Child Abuse Cases
    In the past year, the UC Davis Children's Hospital has seen an increase in child abuse cases. Beyond treating more injured children, doctors and nurses are facing another kind of stress. It's Michelle Linenberger's job to help them deal with it.
    Sunday, December 28, 2008
  • Bad Economy Linked to Spike in Child Abuse Cases
    The tough economic times are taking a toll on kids. Doctors at the UC Davis Children's Hospital have seen a spike in child abuse cases and they link this to the extreme financial stress on some families.
    Friday, December 19, 2008
  • Flu Shot Myth Busters
    Flu season is here and chances are you, or someone you know, has been struck down by the virus. Doctors say just about everyone could benefit from a flu shot but a lot of people are scared of the shot or just won’t get one.
    Friday, December 19, 2008
  • Beverage Maker Agrees to Discontinue Alcoholic Energy Drink
    MillerCoors agreed Thursday to stop making its alcoholic energy drink to avoid a lawsuit from more than a dozen states. The states, including California, say the drinks are unsafe and illegally marketed to minors.
    Thursday, December 18, 2008
  • Kids' Health Insurance Program Avoids Enrollment Freeze
    It was down to the wire, but California’s Healthy Families program for children is getting a much needed financial booster shot. Thousands of kids will be able to get medical coverage - it’s thanks to money from the state’s tobacco tax.
    Wednesday, December 17, 2008
    Free Flu Shot Clinics
    The shots usually cost 30-dollars but Sacramento County is offering free immunizations Tuesday, Dec. 16 and Thursday, Dec. 18.
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
  • Funding for Struggling Kids' Health Insurance Program
    First 5 California announced Monday that it’s transferring money to the Healthy Families program to help keep kids off a waiting list for health care.
    Monday, December 15, 2008
  • Tough Air Quality Rule Approved for Diesel Trucks and Buses
    The California Air Resources Board has unanimously approved a controversial measure to dramatically decrease diesel fuel emissions for big rig trucks and buses.
    Friday, December 12, 2008
  • Survey Shows High Interest in Health jobs
    A new poll shows that young Californians have a lot of interest in health care jobs. But, in this troubled economy, those jobs may be hard to get.
    Thursday, December 11, 2008
  • Health Advocates Push for Diesel Emission Regulation
    Health advocacy groups are pushing hard for a diesel emission regulation that’s aimed at dramatically reducing air pollution. Health care leaders gathered Wednesday to urge the approval of the measure.
    Wednesday, December 10, 2008
  • Judge Affirms New Regulation of Unfair Medical Bills
    New state regulations to protect patients from unfair billing practices will stand. That’s according to a California Superior Court judge’s ruling late Tuesday.
    Wednesday, December 3, 2008