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FDA moves to cut nicotine in cigarettes, helping smokers kick habit

by Liz Szabo Cigarettes would contain less addictive nicotine — making them less attractive to smokers — under an “unprecedented” plan the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday, March 15. Stripping cigarettes of all or most of their addictive power could … Continue reading

March 16, 2018

California’s tax on millionaires yields big benefits for people with mental illness, study finds

by Anna Gorman A statewide tax on the wealthy has significantly boosted mental health programs in California’s largest county, helping to reduce homelessness, incarceration and hospitalization, according to a report released Tuesday, March 13. Revenue from the tax, the result of a … Continue reading

March 15, 2018

Congress races the clock in quest to bring stability to individual insurance market

By Julie Rovner Congress is running out of time if members want to come up with legislation to stabilize the individual insurance market. While Republicans and Democrats still feud over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group … Continue reading

March 02, 2018

At some California hospitals, fewer than half of workers get the flu shot

by Jocelyn Wiener How well are doctors, nurses and other workers at your local hospital vaccinated against the flu? That depends on the hospital. According to data from the California Department of Public Health, flu vaccination rates among health care … Continue reading

February 27, 2018

Bipartisan Senate budget deal boosts health programs

by Julie Rovner and Shefali Luthra In a rare show of bipartisanship for the mostly polarized 115th Congress, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic … Continue reading

February 10, 2018

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