Sandy Fanning had walked past the signs advertising shingles vaccinations outside her neighborhood Rite Aid for months, but she wasn’t concerned about getting shingles herself.

A speaker’s forum examining the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare,” takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites Sacramento, 100 Capitol Mall.

The California Endowment, Health Law Guide for Business has launched a new Spanish-language website designed to help Latino business owners and employees comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has closed two laboratories in Atlanta and stopped sending out infectious agents and other biological materials from its highest-level bio-security labs due to recent safety and security lapses.

Officials are warning residents in Sacramento and Yolo counties to protect themselves against mosquito bites, citing the unusually large number of mosquito samples and dead birds that have tested positive for West Nile virus this year.

A proposal to relocate Citrus Heights’ city hall and make way for a medical office building at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive received the backing of the city Planning Commission.

The Ronald McDonald House on the UC Davis Medical Center campus will add 20 bedrooms for families of children being treated at area hospitals.

- Some 9.5 million Americans gained health coverage during the recent marketplace enrollment period as the uninsured rate for working-age adults fell from 20 percent to 15 percent, according to a new national survey by the Commonwealth Fund.

Mental health professionals will work side-by-side with police officers in Yolo County starting in the fall, on the strength of nearly $1.9 million in state grants.

Hope couldn’t make it past the front doors of Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento without causing a commotion.

California small businesses will be allowed to keep health insurance plans that don’t conform to the federal Affordable Care Act through next year.

Inaccurate provider lists are among the challenges facing customers as many transition from the ranks of the uninsured under the federal health care overhaul. Covered California, the nation’s leading state exchange, alone has signed up 1.4 million people through the Affordable Care Act.

First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved.

Almost 40 years after fixing B-26 bombers during the Vietnam War, Cleo Downs was terrified when his neighbors began lighting fireworks in their Elk Grove cul-de-sac.

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as "parkour."

An uptick in dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus this summer prompted the region’s mosquito control agency to spray some Sacramento neighborhoods with pesticides on Monday and Tuesday nights.

California’s health insurance exchange, the agency responsible for administering the federal health care law, does not provide official email addresses to members of its governing board. So it became an issue last month when a consumer group requested from the exchange a long list of public records, including any communications between agency officials and health insurance companies.

An emphasis on food issues will become an intensifying focus among all 10 University of California campuses and its agricultural outreach and public service programs, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday.

Grant Union High School is in the midst of a tuberculosis outbreak, Sacramento County health officials confirm.

Areas south of downtown Sacramento will undergo a second consecutive night of aerial mosquito spraying on Tuesday after numerous bird and mosquito samples in the area tested positive for West Nile virus.

Ask Emily is a biweekly column by Emily Bazar of the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, answering questions about the Affordable Care Act. Read all her columns at sacbee.com/askemily.

What makes one type of fireworks safe for consumers and another a hazard? Is the common sparkler just as dangerous as a Roman candle? You might be surprised.

In an ideological split that undercuts the 2010 health care law, a narrowly divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain business owners can reject on religious grounds the law’s mandate to provide employees with birth control coverage.

Areas of south Sacramento will undergo an aerial mosquito spray treatment on Monday and Tuesday after numerous bird and mosquito samples in the area tested positive for West Nile Virus.

- People on a long-term, low-dose aspirin regimen can cut their risk of pancreatic cancer nearly in half, according to a new study by researchers at Yale University.

The benefits outweigh the risks, says the first family to enroll in a novel, new program offered by Mercy Medical Group allergists.

Local health officers have a common recipe for keeping their counties’ children healthy: Make sure children and their parents have ready access to doctors. Provide prenatal care for young mothers. Educate families on healthy habits. Keep kids active and in school.

The public is invited Saturday to the fifth annual “Canine Pentathlon,” a fund-raising event for A New Leash on Life, a charity that comforts dog lovers who are coping with cancer.

Laurie Harting, with more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry, has been appointed senior vice president of operations for greater Sacramento service area of Dignity Health. She assumes her new duties July 14.

Sacramento County’s latest dental-care crisis appears to have been averted for now during a meeting Monday at the Capitol.

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