After months of intense discussions, California’s health insurance exchange on Thursday remained on the sidelines of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would allow the state’s elected insurance commissioner to regulate rates.

The Stanford University Patient Education Center and Dignity Health’s 6-part workshop is designed to support caregivers of individuals suffering from any form of memory impairment. 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Pre-registration required. 9:30 a.m. Maidu Community Center and Library, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. Free. 916-851-2793.

Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests.

To prevent the problems caused by a sendentary life, get up from that chair.

Less than 40 percent of Californians realize that health insurance plans generally cover mental health treatment as well as other types of medical care, according to a new Field Poll.

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the agency now expects tens of thousands of people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current epidemic is contained, and it called for nations to commit far more resources to combating the outbreak, which is ravaging the poor African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers are still rising in the U.S., but not like they used to — probably because of new restrictions on methadone, according to government scientists.

Health insurance open enrollment for CalPERS members begins today and ends on Oct. 10. During that period, members can sign up for insurance, add eligible family members and make changes to their existing plans for the 2015 calendar year.

Sacramento area mosquito control officials reported Sunday they have confirmed 25 new samples of insects carrying the West Nile virus, a sign that the virus remains widespread in the region even as summer winds down.

Sacramento has long been known as a state worker town. These days, it’s just as accurate to call it a health worker town.

An anti-addiction drug used to fight the nation's heroin and painkiller abuse epidemics poses a threat to young children who accidentally swallow relatives' prescriptions, a federal study says. Some children have died.

The county public health office’s 75-page study is an update for residents on their communal mental and physical health standings, based on data compiled between 2002 and 2013.

Kaiser Permanente agrees to a $4 million fine from the state in a case where patients were said to have limited access to mental health care.

Rene Clark, 54, a Folsom mother of three, learned of a newly identified severe childhood mental condition – called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder – which affects kids from 6 to 19 years old. Such a diagnosis could explain her daughter Kim’s inability to hold her angry moods in check and, importantly, signal an end to family turmoil.

The director of California’s Department of Health Care Services will leave his post by year’s end, according to a letter to employees issued by Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley.

Dr. Gordon Hunt, chief medical officer of Sacramento-based Sutter Health, will retire in April 2015, wrapping up a 20-year stretch with Sutter.

Federal health experts say a diabetes drug from Novo Nordisk should be approved for a new use in treating obesity.

Support for a pair of health-related ballot initiatives is eroding, though a large portion of voters remain undecided eight weeks before the Nov. 4 election, according to the latest Field Poll.

For migraine sufferers who’ve had a hard time taming the throbbing pain of migraine attacks, two eye doctors are suggesting a new route to relief.

Average premiums for job-based family health coverage are up just 3 percent this year, while the cost of single coverage rose only 2 percent, continuing a sustained trend of moderate growth in insurance costs, according to a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 businesses.

There are currently no FDA-approved drug therapies for Ménière’s disease, an inner ear disorder that causes imbalance, nausea, ringing ears and hearing loss due to inflammation.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday entitling most California workers to three paid sick days a year, a sweeping measure that Democrats and labor advocates have been seeking for years.

The Sutter Cancer Center is looking more like a blanket fort than a medical facility these days, with 475 vibrantly handcrafted quilts monopolizing wall space on six of the hospital’s floors.

The study tested the merits of a parent-driven intervention for young infants showing symptoms of autism. It showed a significant reduction in those symptoms for six of the seven infants enrolled.

Covered California will be offering optional, stand-alone dental plans for adults and families next year, though they won’t be available when open enrollment begins on Nov. 15. Look for them in early 2015, before open enrollment ends, a spokesman says.

Since the state gave counties responsibility for incarcerating lower-level offenders three years ago, health care costs at county jails have gone up dramatically – and legal actions threaten to push them even higher.

New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way.

Sutter County health officials say a total of four confirmed or probable cases of West Nile virus illness have been reported so far this year, including two West Nile virus-related deaths.

An estimated $4,000 from the campaign will assist the midtown center navigate transgender patients’ access to care through various health insurance programs.

Sponsored by Elder Care Management of Northern California, a one-day retreat for family caregivers of people with dementia and chronic illnesses is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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