Category: Health

Judge: Californians can once again use aid-in-dying drugs

A California Court of Appeals on Friday temporarily reinstated California’s right-to-die law, as it considers the constitutionality of its route to passage. That means the two-year-old End of Life Options Act can stand — once again available for dying patients — pending a future ruling by the court. “I am thrilled and relieved,” said Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, who co-sponsored…

‘Are you dead sir?’ doctor asks patient in video that led to her removal from Los Gatos hospital

A video of a doctor speaking harshly to an emergency room patient and asking if he’s dead has led to her removal from the work schedule at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos, a hospital spokeswoman said. The video shows the doctor, Beth Keegstra, mocking 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell, a newly-enrolled student at West Valley College in Saratoga who was brought to…

San Jose conference focuses on LGBT suicides

Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are almost five times as likely to have tried to kill themselves compared to heterosexual youth, sobering information for those attending a LGBT suicide prevention conference Friday in San Jose. Not only that, but four out of every 10 transgender adults say they have attempted suicide, according to National Center for Transgender Equality. Those…

All San Jose pool visitors released from hospitals after toxic chemical incident

SAN JOSE — A mistake by a maintenance worker that resulted in a toxic chemical mixture at a community swimming pool Thursday could have had deadly results, officials said at the time, but the 35 patients transported to nine hospitals were checked out by doctors and released the same day, said Joy Alexiou, spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Emergency…

Why a major study on the Mediterranean Diet was just retracted and replaced

By Samantha Schmidt | The Washington Post Fads in nutrition come and go, but one diet in particular has been widely heralded for its benefits to health – the “Mediterranean diet,” rich with vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts and olive oil. For decades, researchers have shown that people in Mediterranean countries seem to show lower rates of heart disease. And in…

When the Next Plague Hits

Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly after the sun spills over the horizon, the city of Kikwit doesn’t so much wake up as ignite. Loud music blares from car radios. Shops fly open along the main street. Dust-sprayed jeeps and motorcycles…

Pitts: Bay Area school cut mic on grad speaker, draws NBC, CNN’s ire

By Leonard Pitts Jr.Miami Herald Here’s an axiomatic truth: If you want to make sure people see or hear something, ban people from seeing or hearing something. That predates the internet, as any former teenager who ever hid under the covers listening to “Louie Louie” with the volume down can surely attest. Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor…

Trump adviser Kudlow released from hospital

By John Wagner | Washington Post Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, and his recovery from a heart attack is going very well, the White House said. Kudlow was admitted Monday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after what officials said was a very mild heart attack. Start your day with…