Insight: Covered California: A Consumer's Guide / Fighting the Flu / "Stem Cells: An Insider's Guide" / History and Geography of the Mount Shasta Region


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What Californians can expect when the health-insurance exchange opens Oct. 1. Tips for fighting the seasonal flu. New book documents exciting stem cell research happening in Sacramento. How the geography of a place impacts its people's history.
 
 
 
Covered California: A Consumer's Guide There are big changes coming to health insurance Oct. 1. That's when you can begin enrolling in a new health plan offered by California's first health-insurance exchange. But this new marketplace of insurance is a seemingly complex realm, and shopping for a new health plan may sound about as fun as doing your taxes. To get some answers about what to expect come Oct. 1 - and how to prepare - we'll talk with Charles Bacchi, the Executive Vice President of California Association of Health Plans.
 
Fighting the Flu There are some nasty bugs going around right now, but odds are it isn't the flu. Area health officials are gearing up for this season's flu and the flu show is already available in some places, but the virus hasn't taken hold in Northern California or Western Nevada. Yet. Today on Insight, we'll talk with an expert in infectious disease about ways you can avoid the flu and prevent spreading it. Dr. David Herbert is the Chief of Infectious Diseases for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento and Roseville.
 
 
"Stem Cells: An Insider's Guide" A UC Davis professor has written a new book about exciting stem cell issues, inluding cloning. Prof. Paul Knoepfler studies stem cells and cancer and his new book is "Stem Cells: An Insider's Guide." We'll talk with Prof. Knoepfler about the stem cell research happening at UC Davis and why Sacramento is a hotbed for this kind of research. He also has a popular blog on the topic.
 
History and Geography of the Mount Shasta Region How has the geography of the Mount Shasta region effected the community around it? A professor of geography and history at Sierra Community College has released a new book that explores the area through time in relations to its location. We'll talk with Carol Jean Cox about "Communities of the Mount Shasta Region."