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New spike in chromium 6 levels in Paramount

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| The investigation is centered on three metal processors. A nearby air monitor shows chromium 6 levels have spiked up to 10 times above background levels.

California schools could be required to test drinking water for lead

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Most California schools are not required to test their drinking water for lead. A state lawmaker's bill would require all school districts to test for lead.

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Kaiser campaign slashes opioid prescriptions

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Five years into a companywide effort that includes the training of doctors and pharmacists and other steps, the HMO says prescriptions for opioids have plummeted.

A call for a federal push to eliminate hepatitis B, C

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A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine argues for a coordinated initiative to invest in disease prevention, access to treatment, disease surveillance and physician training.

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Should medical records be free for low-income patients?

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Medical records can help prove eligibility for such things as Medi-Cal, but people have to pay to get copies of their records. A bill in Sacramento would do away with those fees.

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A push to get more minorities into clinical trials

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The California Medical Association Foundation's campaign will try to reverse the historically low rate of minority participation in scientific studies.

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Eye exam bill provokes sharp split among specialists

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California's Board of Optometry backs comprehensive eye exams for some school kids, rather than basic vision screening. A national ophthalmologists' group is opposed.

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Paramount metal firm sues, and gets sued, over chromium 6

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Aerocraft Heat Treating Co. has sued the AQMD over the accuracy of an agency air monitor. Some residents have sued Aerocraft and other firms over the pollutant.

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