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Health Drug Take-Back Day coming up April 26
This allows the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical drugs to officers for destruction. Only pills, tablets and capsules will be accepted - no injectables or syringes. Illegal drugs also won't be accepted.
Health Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines
Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.
Health Easter treats delivered to pediatric patients Easter treats delivered to pediatric patients (Video)
Sick children and their families at Memorial Hospital's Lauren Small Children's Medical Center got a special visit Saturday from the Dewar's family, a name synonymous with ice cream and candy in Bakersfield and around the country.
Health Covered California sign-ups exceed projections Covered California sign-ups exceed projections(Video)
A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday.
Health Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up
Consumers who were unable to create an account or fill out an application because of technical problems on the Covered California website have until midnight Tuesday to secure a health insurance policy and avoid a tax penalty. The agency offered the extension after its systems were overwhelmed by the number of people trying to sign up before last month's enrollment deadline under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Health DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
Health Dieters move past calories, food makers follow Dieters move past calories, food makers follow
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients