If trees blossomed at the end of January where you live, your allergies may have already flared up.
Dr. Kent Pinkerton of UC Davis’ Center for Health and the Environment says it’s not so clear how the drought will affect the allergy season this year.
Dry conditions could prevent pollen-producing vegetation from flourishing, but then again, it doesn’t take much rain to make flowers grow.
“If we do have an earlier blossom season than indeed we could have an earlier or perhaps a more sustained or longer pollen season than normal.”
But Pinkerton says people with allergies should watch out for other conditions caused by the drought this year – like dust in the air.
And smoke during the wildfire season could further compound respiratory problems.
Premiums in California’s individual marketplace will increase for the fifth consecutive year, due in part to federal changes and a predicted departure of healthy consumers.
Kaiser Permanente’s "Salud en Español" clinic is part of a wider effort to increase culturally appropriate services for Latino residents, who are at high risk for diabetes and hypertension but are less likely than white patients to go to the doctor.
Gov. Jerry Brown opted not to include major investments in public health insurance programs in his budget revision on Friday, citing a preference for one-time spending measures over long-term commitments.