New research at UC Merced has discovered that the toxoplasma parasite, an organism capable of infecting almost all warm-blooded animals, can be more dangerous than most believed. This new research project found that South American strains of the parasite are stronger and better at evading the immune system, resulting in disease in hosts that should have been immune.
Castle Family Health Centers in Atwater will offer free health examinations Saturday. Services will include: diabetes and blood pressure screenings, breast examinations, and vision tests for adults. Hearing and vision exams will be available for children.
Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and San Diego State University released new estimates that measure the levels of medical insurance coverage among undocumented immigrants in several California communities, including Merced County.
Covered California revealed new by-county enrollment numbers Friday morning. The new data reveal that in Merced County, more than 1,700 people have enrolled in a health plan through the exchange during the second open enrollment period.
The arrest of a Golden Valley Health Centers pediatrician on suspicion of possession of placing a camera inside a unisex patient restroom at the Childs Avenue pediatric clinic and possessing child pornography has left many parents of his patients in shock.
A contract dispute between Blue Shield of California and Sutter Health has come to an end after the insurance company and health system reached an agreement on a new two-year contract. On Friday, both players announced that effective today, Sutter physicians and hospitals will again be participating providers in the Blue Shield network.
One of the selling points for the Affordable Care Act was that patients with insurance would have primary care doctors to take care of them and less reason to use expensive and overcrowded hospital emergency rooms. As the second year of the health law unfolds, ERs in the central San Joaquin Valley are busier than previous years seeing patients – most of whom have insurance.
Merced residents who have not yet signed up for coverage through Covered California and plan to do so before the Feb. 15 deadline, can stop by the Merced Senior Community Center between 4 and 9 p.m. Friday. According to organizers, seven insurance agents will be available to answer questions and enroll customers.
Public colleges and health care services rely on a complex mix of financing under Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal released Friday, and gaps still remain for lawmakers to fill if they want to prevent sizable cuts.
Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.