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Scrutiny of Vaccine Exemptions Banishes Some From Schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Carl and Kerri Schwartz say they have good medical reason for not vaccinating their disabled 11-year-old son, Thorn, and until recently his local public school went along with their family doctor's advice. That changed, the Schwartzes said, when New York state did away with religious exemptions for...

CVS Stops Sale of Heartburn Drugs With Suspect Contaminant

CVS has halted sales of popular heartburn treatment Zantac and the store generic version after warnings by U.S. health regulators. CVS is the latest retailer to pull the heartburn tablets from store shelves. Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers about a potentially dangerous contaminant in...

Vaccine Exemption Bills Get Newsom's Signature

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bills Monday to crack down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children's vaccinations. The governor acted without comment less than an hour after lawmakers sent him changes he demanded as a condition of approving the bills. Legislators passed the second of...

California Alleges Doctor Killed 4 Patients With Opioids

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general said Wednesday that he is charging a Northern California doctor with killing four patients by overprescribing opioids and narcotics, crimes he linked to the nationwide opioid epidemic. Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed multiple criminal charges against Dr. Thomas McNeese Keller, 72, of Santa Rosa related...

Cost of Sexual Abuse: Victims, Schools Take on Settlements

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One man believes he missed his chance to play in the National Hockey League because he lost focus after being sexually abused by an Ohio State team doctor. Two former wrestlers say they left their sport because of it and delayed finishing their college degrees. A tennis...

California Health Sciences University Honors 54 Pharmacy Graduates

Mai Lee Yang stood in her cap and gown, surrounded by friends and family outside Clovis Hills Community Church. Around her neck was an earth-toned sash that marked her newly minted status as a Doctor of Pharmacy. "In a way, today doesn't feel real,"  said Yang, of Fresno. "It still...

Sky's the Limit for Valley Students Eyeing Healthcare Careers

When Bianca Villanueva graduates from high school, she wants to work toward a career as a cosmetic surgeon. To get more information on what to do, Villanueva attended the Growing Health Leaders Youth Conference at Fresno State's Satellite Student Union. Choosing to go was one of the best decisions in her...

Death Sentence for Ex-Doctor Who Killed 4 People in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. — A former doctor convicted in the revenge killings of four people connected to a Nebraska medical school was sentenced Friday to death. A three-judge panel handed down the sentence against Anthony Garcia, 45, of Terre Haute, Indiana. The judges, who heard arguments earlier this year during the...

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