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The Flu Shot Isn’t Working Well This Winter

People who got a flu shot this winter are only 23% less likely to get the flu than someone who didn’t get the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a new report Thursday. The CDC had predicted the season would be a bad one after most of the samples taken … Continue Reading

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BRMS Supports Local Firefighters

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This last month has been a busy one for local firefighters. The King Fire started on Saturday, September 13 on Forebay Road near Polluck Pines, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. As the fire rapidly grew, the water supplies for the firefighters were starting to run low. On September 18, a local radio station, 100.5, … Continue Reading

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90 Day Waiting Period for Health Care Coverage Update


Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation that once again changes the health care landscape for California employers who offer health insurance to their employees. Previously, employers in California who offered group health plans could implement a maximum waiting period of 60 calendar days before a new employee would be eligible to participate in the employer … Continue Reading

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Ebola: Questions & Answers


The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring … Continue Reading

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Surgeon General Issues Skin Cancer Warning


Skin cancer is on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society, with more cases diagnosed annually than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer cases combined. On Tuesday, the United States surgeon general issued a call to action to prevent the disease, calling it a major public health problem that requires immediate action. Nearly 5 … Continue Reading

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Back to School Tips for Parents

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement, and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips. Meet the new teacher For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best … Continue Reading

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Health Policy Brief Updates

In order to reflect continuously changing and evolving health policy issues and perspectives, here are five Health Policy Briefs that have been updated in 2014: Transitioning to ICD-10. All health plans, health data clearinghouses, and health care providers that transmit health information electronically will be required to use a new, significantly broader, coding system, called … Continue Reading

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Mosquito Bite Myths

Just about everyone can agree that mosquitoes are more than a little annoying. They bite, the bites itch and the repellent stinks. Even more disturbing are the incurable viruses these tiny predators can carry including West Nile, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya. But just about everything else you thought you knew about mosquitoes … Continue Reading

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10 Simple Ways to Slash Sugar

You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. You’re likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realizing it, says Amari Thomsen, RD, owner of Chicago-based nutrition consulting practice Eat Chic Chicago. Sugar is added to foods that don’t even … Continue Reading

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Sarcoma Awareness Month

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month. A sarcoma is a type of cancer that develops from certain tissues, like bone and muscle. There are two main types of sarcoma: bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. Soft tissue sarcomas can develop from soft tissues like fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues, blood vessels, or deep skin tissues. They … Continue Reading

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