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For Turlock boy, orphan drug offers hope for rare disease – at high price

So-called orphan drugs designed to treat rare diseases offer patients some hope of improvement, despite the high price tag. One boy in Turlock who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy has seen some improvement since taking Spinraza, which costs $125,000 a shot.

National

If you’ve ever agonized over expiration dates on groceries, get ready for a big relief

On Wednesday, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest trade groups for the grocery industry, announced that they've adopted standardized, voluntary regulations to clear up what product date labels mean. Where manufacturers now use any of 10 separate label phrases, ranging from "expires on" to "better if used by," they'll now be encouraged to use only two: "Use By" and "Best if Used By."

Capitol Alert

Vet bills adding up? California bill would let you write off thousands

Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, introduced Assembly Bill 942 on Friday, February 17 to give pet owners a break on vaccinations, check-ups, surgeries, x-rays, prescriptions and other medical-related expenses for their four-legged friends. The bill allows Californians to write off half the money they spent on veterinary costs for dogs and pets up to $2,000 per year.

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With Apple, the French Laundry as clients, Full Circle Press preserves the craft of letterpress printing

The four-person Grass Valley letterpress printer has some major clients, including Apple, Twitter, the French Laundry and Sacramento's The Kitchen. It's preserving tactile printed work in the digital age.
Blair Anthony Robertson brobertson@sacbee.com
With Apple, the French Laundry as clients, Full Circle Press preserves the craft of letterpress printing 4:07

With Apple, the French Laundry as clients, Full Circle Press preserves the craft of letterpress printing

Bluebird day at Lake Tahoe resorts after epic snowfall 1:00

Bluebird day at Lake Tahoe resorts after epic snowfall

Union Pacific train derails into water south of Elk Grove 1:02

Union Pacific train derails into water south of Elk Grove

Brianna Reynolds saw her rent rise by 47 percent 1:22

Brianna Reynolds saw her rent rise by 47 percent