A combination of sin taxes, public education and shifting societal norms has driven down smoking rates nationwide in the past few decades. Today, in California, about 12 percent of adults smoke, lower than the national rate of 18.1 percent. But the state rate hasn’t budged much in the last three years. Many hardcore smokers, it seems, are having a hard time kicking the habit. And some young people are still picking it up.
Like a jovial street merchant from days of old, a bearded Collin Samaan stood on Liestal Row between 17th and 18th streets Friday in Sacramento, vending healthy foods out of his newly christened West Sac Veggie Trike.
The number of people visiting emergency departments has been on the rise in Sacramento County and throughout the state since the recession, officials say, and hospitals are seeking to divert those patients to more appropriate medical facilities, especially as more and more people acquire health insurance.
All schools in California will be required to stock at least one EpiPen that is prescribed to the school or district, rather than a specific person, and to train at least one staff member on how to use it.
Nurses at local hospitals are recognized for reducing the prevalence of bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers. What might look like a harmless bruise on the surface can indicate serious trouble beneath the skin. A lack of blood flow to the pressurized area results in dead skin tissue and can cause damage or infection to the underlying muscle and bone if left unattended.
The most recent protocols for “donning and doffing” protective equipment, released earlier this week, detail an intricate and painstaking 42-step process for the putting on and taking off Ebola protective gear.
Just a few years ago, runners were shedding shoes with padding, convinced that so called “minimalist” models would allow their feet to move more naturally and so would prevent all-too-common running injuries. Some people dumped the shoes altogether and ran barefoot on pavement. Now, as thousands of Sacramento area runners gear up for the California International Marathon, the padding is back. And it’s thicker than ever.
The FDA bans any man who has had sex with another man even once since 1977 from donating blood. The 31-year-old policy created during the AIDS crisis has been under fire from gay rights groups in recent months and will be up for discussion at a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services meeting in November.
Ebola-themed Halloween costumes have stirred controversy on social media in the weeks leading up to the Friday event. Local stores report they are sold out of hazmat suits. A Sacramento waiter was spotted in full protective garb and goggles while working at Capitol Garage on Tuesday night.
Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.
Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at email@example.com or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.
Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.