Friday, March 1, 2019

LOS ANGELES— Two studies by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and the National Park Service reveal that rat poisons are causing dramatic changes to the immune system and genetics of bobcats. The research provides further support for a bill introduced late last month to greatly restrict super-toxic rodenticides in California.

The researchers found that the damage to bobcats’ genes and immune systems can be linked to a range of health problems, such as a 2002 mange outbreak that killed dozens of the animals.

Monday, February 25, 2019

For the six of every 1,000 children born in the United States with hearing loss, hearing aids can help them communicate. Yet, many insurance companies don’t cover the cost.

Friday, February 22, 2019

The state assemblymember representing Santa Monica is introducing a bill that would tax soda and sugar-sweetened beverages – for the third time.

Richard Bloom, a Democrat who represents the Westside in the California State Assembly and served as Mayor of Santa Monica, announced yesterday that he is introducing legislation to tax soda sold in California as a way to tackle the state’s diabetes and obesity problems. The revenue from the tax, which is intended to be a disincentive to purchasing soda and sugary drinks, will fund programs that prevent diabetes and obesity.

Friday, February 22, 2019

KANSAS CITY — California legislators on Feb. 20 introduced five bills intended to lower consumption of caloric sweetened drinks in the state and “aimed at protecting the health of Californians.”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Some alarming statistics about the health of Californians: In 2016, 25 percent of adults were obese. That's almost a 40-percent increase from 2001. One out of every 12 adults reports being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Add in those with undiagnosed cases of diabetes and those who have prediabetes, and you're looking at 55 percent of the state's adult population. Those who drink at least one soda daily are 27-percent more likely than others to be obese. 

With those figures in mind, lawmakers are taking aim at soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, with five bills introduced on Wednesday.

Friday, February 22, 2019

California legislators are ramping up a new battle with the sodaindustry by introducing a new group of bills this week. These proposed laws are designed to limit the consumption of soft drinks throughout the state. These could change what is offered in LA restaurants by instituting a ban of large-sized sodas, new health label warnings, and a restriction on low-priced promotions for soft drinks.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The state assemblymember representing Santa Monica is introducing a bill to require California health insurers to cover hearing aids for children.

Richard Bloom, a former Mayor of Santa Monica who represents the Westside in the California State Assembly, introduced a bill Tuesday that would make California the 25th state to mandate that private health insurance companies cover the costs of hearing aids for children. Only one in 10 deaf or hard of hearing children in privately funded plans has coverage for hearing aids, leaving more than eight thousand California children without any kind of health insurance coverage for their devices.