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Jeffrey Rusch of Camp Meeker has been denied coverage by Anthem Blue Cross for his cancer treatments. (CBS)

Sonoma County Man Battling Cancer Denied Coverage By Anthem Blue Cross After Paying $100K In Premiums

A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments.

05/28/2014

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New HPV Test To Screen For Cervical Cancer Not Doing Away With Pap Smears Just Yet

A new method to screen for cervical cancer that would allow women to skip the much-dreaded Pap smear has not yet gained universal acceptance and has instead created a debate over which screening method is preferable.

05/21/2014

Oakland officers at the scene of a manhunt near Roosevelt Middle School  (CBS)

Inner-City Oakland Youth Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In the inner city, a health problem is making it harder for young people to learn. The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent of inner-city kids suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a medical condition that some observers outside the urban core have taken to calling “hood disease.”

05/16/2014

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The MERS Outbreak: Is The Government Doing Enough?

The CDC and WHO claim they are hard at work tracking 100 people that may have come in contact with the deadly MERS virus.

05/16/2014

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)

Covered California Makes Push For Health Care Enrollment Before Deadline

Enrollment fairs will be held across the Bay Area this upcoming weekend as Covered California makes an all-out push to get as many people as possible signed up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline.

03/04/2014

In this photo illustration a woman smokes an electronic cigarette. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

SF Supervisor Wants E-Cigarettes Regulated Like Other Tobacco Products

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar planned to introduce legislation to regulate the use and sale of electronic-cigarettes in the city.

03/03/2014

BART passengers board a train. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BART Riders Warned About Measles Infection From Contagious Passenger

Bay Area Rapid Transit and East Bay health authorities warned BART passengers on Thursday to seek medical attention if they begin exhibiting any symptoms of measles after authorities learned that an infected and contagious person rode BART in the East Bay last week.

02/13/2014

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland

Oakland Hospital Pioneers ‘Scar-less’ Remote Control Surgery Through Navel

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland is using a cutting edge, robot-aided surgical procedure by that is less invasive than traditional surgeries and causes less scarring.

02/08/2014

A man holds a crack pipe. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Free Crack Pipes Urged To Slow Spread Of HIV In SF, Leaders Balk At Idea

A San Francisco health sub-committee recommends the city hand out free crack pipes as a means of slowing the spread of AIDS. They say the controversial idea is not new, and is already successful in other countries. No surprise that not everyone agrees.

01/24/2014

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