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This funduscopic image reveals the effects of late neuro-ocular syphilis on the optic disk and retina. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Cases Of Ocular Syphilis In San Francisco And Other West Coast Cities Increasing

Health officials in California are warning primary care and eye doctors to be on the lookout for ocular syphilis, as clusters of the disease hit San Francisco and other West Coast cities.

03/11/2015

Rabies, rabid, bat

Rabid Dead Bat Found At Fremont Community Center

A bat found at a Fremont community center last week tested positive for rabies, Alameda County Public Health Department officials announced Wednesday.

03/11/2015

93% of Pediatricians Say Parents Ask for Alternative Vaccination Schedules

The ‘Other’ Vaccination Debate – Alternative Vaccine Schedules

As a #NewsMom, you better bet I bought the book and even took classes on Alternative Vaccine Schedules. I wanted to be as educated as possible about every option and risk. Apparently, I’m not alone.

03/05/2015

PillCam

Idaho Lawmaker Asks If Swallowing Small Camera Could Allow Remote Gynecological Exams

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

02/24/2015

Skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection. (CDC)

PHOTOS: Children Infected With Measles

WARNING: Some of these photos might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised.

01/30/2015

Students raise glasses of beer in a toast (Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

The Science And Myths Of Hangover Cures

If it’s only your head that’s ringing in the new year after indulging in a little too much New Year’s Eve fun Wednesday night, you might be in need of some help feeling better.

01/01/2015

A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on November 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters, offers one-on-one sessions with insurance experts certified by Covered California to help people enroll for healthcare coverage under the ACA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

New Laws In 2015 Could Fix Issues Facing Covered California

From too few doctors, to state regulators who weren’t enforcing the law, the set backs and successes of the state’s health care exchange have been the topic of many ConsumerWatch reports this year. Now, the new laws in the New Year could fix some of the most significant issues facing Covered California. Julie Watts reports.

12/30/2014

Shigellosis Bacteria

SF Public Health Officials Report Spike In Diarrhea-Inducing Shigella Bacterial Disease Cases

San Franciscans this month have experienced a significant increase in the number of cases of shigellosis, an intestinal bacterial disease, city Department of Public Health officials said on Friday.

12/26/2014

Caramel Apple (credit: Chow.com)

Listeria Linked to Caramel Apple Deaths In California, Other States

Illness and death followed a strain of bad caramel apples in several states…

12/19/2014