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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.

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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Worried about losing insurance, people stockpile medications

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Obamacare was a relief for people with chronic diseases who once had trouble getting insurance. The possibility of losing coverage has led some to stockpile drugs.

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All California children would get lead screening under new bill

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It would cover kids from ages 6 months to 6 years. Current law only mandates testing for children on government aid programs or living in pre-1978 buildings.

California mulls allowing safe spaces for IV drug users

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Assemblywoman Susan Eggman's bill would make California the first state to give local governments the authority to set up supervised areas for drug users.

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