Health & Wellness
Forum | Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:00 AM
How does saliva work? Why doesn't your stomach digest itself? And did constipation really kill Elvis? In her new book "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," Mary Roach chronicles the surprisingly exciting journey that food undertakes in the human body. Roach joins us to talk about everything you ever wanted to know -- or might be disgusted to know -- about the digestive process.
Forum | Friday, May 24, 2013, 9:00 AM
California's new health insurance exchange took a crucial step this week, setting the rates that consumers will pay when the federal health care law takes effect on January 1, 2014. Most say there isn't the rate shock that some had feared. But as we look ahead to further implementation of the Affordable Care Act, experts worry Californians will see spiking health costs, and that parts of the middle class will be left behind.
The California Report | Friday, May 24, 2013, 8:50 AM
Health and consumer advocates and insurers are praising Covered California for the health plans and rates it selected for the state-run insurance marketplace. Predictions of premium rate shock under federal health reform didn't come to pass -- but it's too early to break out the champagne.
The California Report | Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:50 AM
Officials with Covered California are expected to release, for the first time, a list of the health plans and rates they plan to offer on the state-run insurance marketplace this fall. They'll probably be watching closely for the reaction of one group -- young adults. They make up the largest segment of the state's uninsured, and if they opt out of the insurance market, Obamacare could be in trouble.
The California Report | Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 8:50 AM
A growing body of evidence indicates where you live can make a big difference in how you're treated for certain ailments. The report released Tuesday from the California Healthcare Foundation looks at treatments for breast cancer, prostate cancer and certain back conditions.
The California Report | Thursday, May 16, 2013, 8:50 AM
Health care workers at five University of California medical centers are threatening to strike for two days next week. Nursing aides, lab technicians and others staged protests at centers around the state Wednesday over pay, pensions, and staffing.
The California Report | Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 8:50 AM
Protesters rallied in five cities around the state on Tuesday, calling for a roll-back of cuts to public health programs, such as adult dental care and children nutrition programs. Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing cuts to some of those programs in his latest budget draft.
The California Report | Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 8:50 AM
The business of passing a state budget begins in earnest on Tuesday, when Gov. Brown rolls out his updated spending plan. This is the first time in years that lawmakers will negotiate what to do with extra money -- not how to cut billions of dollars in spending.
Forum | Thursday, May 09, 2013, 9:00 AM
Six years ago, Mark Bittman was a full-time omnivore. But then a doctor told him to turn vegan for health reasons, and suddenly Mark found himself facing a world void of meat, dairy, or processed foods. So the New York Times food writer decided to personalize his vegan diet and allow for some cheating. He called it "Vegan Before 6," or "VB6," and says it helped him improve his health and focus on cooking at home. Mark Bittman talks about his new book, and how a full-time meat lover adapted to part-time veganism.
The California Report | Wednesday, May 08, 2013, 8:50 AM
A law intended to protect Californians from toxic chemicals may be getting an overhaul. Proposition 65 requires business owners to post warning signs anywhere consumers could be exposed to chemicals -- from lead to car exhaust. State regulators hoping to reform the law say the law has created a cottage industry for unscrupulous lawyers.
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