Health

Sebelius: 'I knew it wouldn't be easy'

With Kathleen Sebelius leaving as health secretary, the president is turning to budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to run the agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare.

New surge in salmonella cases tied to Foster Farms

Federal officials link the outbreak to three Foster Farms facilities in central California. Most of the new victims are Californians.

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning

Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of Obamacare.

Covered California: massive signups days before grace period ends

More than 70,000 enrolled in health plans through Covered California between April 1-9, according to the agency's executive director.

For poor kids, fewer dentists, but a pilot program offers hope

Fewer and fewer dentists will accept poor kids on Denti-Cal because of low reimbursement rates. A pilot program suggests that hygienists could help fill the gap.

Avoiding the nursing home ups the risk of unwanted medical care

Two thirds of older adults suffer from cognitive impairment or dementia in their last year of life, a study finds. That and being cared for at home increase the risk of aggressive treatment.

Mouthwash and poor dental hygiene may up the risk of oral cancer

Freshening up your mouth with a regular rinse could come with a long-term health hazard. But cancer specialists are far more concerned about tobacco, alcohol and betel nut chewing.

Involuntary shaking can be caused by essential tremors

It's easy to think that a shaking hand could be a sign of Parkinson's disease. But it's more likely essential tremor, an ailment that's not life-threatening but can become debilitating.

Chemo can make food taste like metal.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy need to eat to stay strong. But the drugs can cause nausea and damage taste buds.

The need for glasses is great, but many kids go without

Several private groups work to provide free glasses to poor kids, but they say thousands are still going without in poor communities, where cost and access are issues.

Exide neighbors can get blood tests for lead

County health officials say anyone living within two miles of the troubled battery recycler can have their blood tested for free.

Ask Emily: More time to avoid the Obamacare tax penalty

In my last column, I warned you that March 31 was your last chance to sign up for a health plan from Covered California or the private market if you wanted to get health coverage this year.

How public health advocates are trying to reach non-vaccinators

With new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, vaccinating — and not vaccinating — is still an area of great concern.

Simple blood test to spot early lung cancer getting closer

Several scientific teams are developing sensitive tests for tumor DNA that, when perfected, could be used to diagnose cancer earlier.

2nd UC Berkeley student infected with measles

Health officials at the University of California, Berkeley say another student has been diagnosed with measles, and they are concerned others may have been exposed to the virus.

LA public health chief apologizes for not disclosing meningitis deaths

Dr. Jonathan Fielding said the news was left out of a press release urging gay men to get vaccinated because he did not consider it critical information.