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That Charcoal Ice Cream Might Be Trendy, But Experts Say It’s No Healthier Than A Standard Scoop

July 19, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

Activated charcoal is popping up on restaurant menus across California, but doctors say it’s not as healthy as it’s made out to be.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Health Care

California’s Aid In Dying Law Is Mostly Used By White People. Here’s Why.

July 12, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

The majority of people who request lethal prescription drugs under the End of Life Option Act are white. Experts and health workers say the disparity is due to limited access to hospice care in non-white populations and varying beliefs about death.

Eduardo Verdugo / AP

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California Could Reduce Welfare Payments To Parents Who Refuse To Vaccinate Their Children

July 12, 2019 | Scott Rodd

The proposal would eliminate so-called personal belief exemptions for parents who do not want to immunize their children. Failure to vaccinate could result in a penalty deducted from families’ benefits.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo

Health Care

California Becomes First In Nation To Expand Medicaid To Undocumented Young Adults

July 9, 2019 | Sammy Caiola

Starting in January, California will allow undocumented people between age 19 and 26 to apply for full health coverage under Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid. It’s part of the state’s broader plans to get everyone insured.

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