Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke.

In a move that blunts a potent line of political attacks from Republicans, the Obama administration reversed itself on Monday, announcing that private health plans that provide Medicare benefits will see a slight increase in government payments next year, rather than the reduction that was proposed earlier.

On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old — a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.

Lesley Bunning’s story touched so many Bee readers that we wanted to keep you abreast of Lesley’s continuing odyssey while recovering from devastating complications of the H1N1 flu.

A bill to increase the prevalence of emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, in California schools would not have helped Natalie Giorgi, who died from an allergic reaction after biting into a Rice Krispies treat at Camp Sacramento last year.

New law will release $1 billion for extended mental health services, such as 24-hour crisis help and expanded support for families living with behavioral health issues.

The El Dorado County Health Officer warned Wednesday that warming temperatures signal tick season.

The man with arguably the funniest name in gubernatorial politics did not disappoint last week in front of a conference of about 500 health journalists gathered in Denver.

Laura and Jose Gomez of Sacramento say they went their entire lives without health insurance.

The medical profession is falling short in treatment of cancers in minorities because few minorities participate in clinical trials, a new UC Davis study finds.

More than 16,000 California children entered kindergarten this school year without vaccinations because of their parents’ personal beliefs, up 15 percent from the prior year and more than double the number from six years ago, according to new figures from the California Department of Public Health.

This week, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan dropped in on the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists in Denver to share the deep wisdom that comes with decades in public health – and a story or two.

More than 6 million Americans have signed up for private coverage on the nation’s health insurance marketplaces, surpassing the Congressional Budget Office estimate for first-year enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

Pre-empt bad bacteria by supplementing the good.

Former Marine Cpl. Tyler Tannahill left his home in Overland Park, Kan., to spend this week lobbying lawmakers in Washington to honor four fellow Marines who served alongside him in Iraq and Afghanistan but who took their own lives.

The Obama administration’s decision to allow marketplace health insurance enrollments beyond the March 31 deadline could exacerbate a growing credibility gap with insurers and lawmakers who have chafed at the troubled implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Catching a life-threatening illness while lying in crispy-clean linens is one of the last things most people expect from a hospital stay.

Sacramento city officials are applying a full-court press on Kaiser Permanente to construct a new hospital at the 184-acre Sleep Train Arena site after a new arena is built downtown.

Flu activity settles down; 347 people statewide perished in 2013-2014 season

Lesley Bunning had so many close calls in the intensive care unit, she nearly gave up. It was getting too hard to breathe. Her family, too, suffered as they agonized through “quality of life” and organ-donation discussions. But something gave Bunning the will to persevere against the H1N1 flu virus, and hope to her husband and three daughters.

On the Affordable Care Act’s fourth anniversary, a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday found strong disapproval of the controversial law.

Mercy General Hospital will draw families securely into the patient care team with the opening of the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center, and it will give the medical team the space it needs to operate a very busy cardiac-care unit.

Federal narcotics agents discovered last year that a Costco pharmacy in West Sacramento was consistently purchasing more of the painkiller hydrocodone than any other pharmacy in California.

There are both medical and social reasons why wards, or even two bedded rooms, need to be reconsidered as being far less than ideal.

Cigarette smoke residue on household surfaces such as carpeting and furniture can damage DNA and potentially increase cancer risk, a new study has concluded.

James Flavy Coy Brown, a homeless and mentally ill man allegedly “dumped” by Nevada’s primary psychiatric hospital via Greyhound bus into Sacramento last year, on Friday became the national face of a problem that experts said is widespread and should be curtailed by federal authorities.

Reports of more flu fatalities continue to add up, with 332 Californians lost to the respiratory disease

Sacramento County public health officials said initial skin tests of 100 students at Grant High School revealed that 21 have been exposed to tuberculosis, presumably from a student who came down with the highly contagious disease last month.

If you think your doctor’s penmanship is atrocious, it probably is. There’s a reason for that: So her signature cannot easily be copied.

The electronic cigarettes flooding the U.S. market don’t technically emit smoke, but many cities have decided they’re not much different from ordinary cigarettes.

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