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How to get free HIV testing in Ontario, San Bernardino on Tuesday

By Penny Arévalo|

California the over-regulator? Not for addiction treatment

When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible. That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen other states, where would-be rehab...

By Teri Sforza @terisforza on Twitter|


  • Health

    Survey: Minorities get abundance of less-than-stellar care

    Minority patients face a double whammy: Not only are they more likely to miss out on effective medical treatments than white patients, but, according to a new study, they’re also more likely to receive an abundance of ineffective services. The study, published in the June issue of Health Affairs, examined 11 medical services identified as “low value” by the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely initiative. That program pinpoints unnecessary, overused medical...

    By Michelle Andrews California Healthline|

  • Health

    Coping with opioid crisis varies wildly form state to state

    Location, location, location. That mantra may apply even when it comes to how opioid addiction is treated. Specifically, patients with private insurance who are diagnosed with opioid dependency or abuse may get different medical services depending on where they live, a white paper to be released in the upcoming week by a national databank indicates. Medical responses to opioid-related diagnoses appear to differ among the five states examined by Fair Health, a nonprofit that...

    By Julie Appleby California Healthline|

  • Assisted suicide

    Suit over life-ending drugs for terminally ill gets hearing in Riverside

    RIVERSIDE >> A judge on Friday is expected to weigh whether a challenge can proceed to California’s law letting terminally ill patients seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs. Riverside County Judge Daniel A. Ottolia is expected to hear arguments over whether a lawsuit by doctors challenging the state’s 2016 law permitting medically-assisted death can move forward. California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra has argued that the suit should be...

    The Associated Press|

  • Access to health care

    Redlands progressives, conservatives meet to find common ground on American healthcare

    REDLANDS >> Is health care a right? Some of the city’s conservative and progressive thinkers tackled that question at a forum Wednesday in an attempt to reach common ground. “I ask how can life be a democratic right without a system of universal health care that guarantees everyone access to medical care to sustain life regardless of economic status?” said Jennifer Nelson, member of

    Sandra Emerson

  • Child nutrition

    Redlands launches expanded free summer meal program

    REDLANDS >> Brittainy Wilson believes a hearty meal is essential to “brain balance.” So when she heard of a new summer meal program coming to Redlands, the mom of four knew just where to turn. “This is awesome,” the Redlands woman said at a kickoff celebration for the free lunch program Wednesday afternoon at...

    Kristina Hernandez

  • Philanthropy

    Horse therapy program raising funds for shelter, sessions for vets, Dec. 2 survivors, first responders

    REDLANDS >> A nonprofit group that offers horse therapy sessions is raising funds to help veterans, Dec. 2 survivors and first responders, and to build a small tack room with a porch for use during therapy sessions. Equus Medendi or “horse healing” offers short-term, one-on-one therapy sessions with horses; founder Angie Sheer; and a mental health professional. Sheer is an Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association certified equine specialist who trained...

    Suzanne Hurt

  • Poverty

    California’s kids are healthier but many are living in poverty

    Ambar Garcia, who lives just north of downtown Los Angeles, said she’s thankful her two daughters have health coverage through California’s version of Medicaid, the government program for low-income people. That’s one less bill to worry about. But Garcia, a 30-year-old receptionist at a dental office, said she still has trouble paying the rest. Nearly all of her monthly income goes to her rent, so she relies on her mom to help with child care, and the federal...

    By Anna Gorman California Healthline|

  • Emergency care

    Medi-Cal patients flocking to ERs more than before Obamacare

    Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs. Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the last quarter of 2016, according to data recently released by the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The...

    By Kellen Browning California Healthline|

  • West Nile virus

    West Nile virus detected in Chino Hills mosquitoes

    CHINO HILLS >> The West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected West Nile virus from mosquitoes for the first time this year in Chino Hills and also found the virus present in Upland for the second time this year, according to a news release. The mosquitoes were collected in a trap near Soquel Canyon Road and Butterfield Ranch. The location in Upland was not specified. So far this year, 12 mosquito samples from five counties, including Riverside, have...

    Gail Wesson

  • Cancer

    Ontario Relay for Life raises more than $115,000 to fight cancer

    For Brad Schneider, cancer was always something that affected strangers. It didn’t hit home until his mother-in-law and uncle were diagnosed with the disease. The 53-year-old Ontario resident didn’t sleep most of this past weekend because he was busy raising money to help beat cancer. Schneider was part of a 34-member team of family and friends that walked nonstop for 24 hours at the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life at Ontario Soccer Park. The...

    Stephen Wall

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