An Antidote to Opioid Overdoses

Nov 15, 2016

If there is a silver lining in the national epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction, it may be the existence of an effective antidote for overdoses. Local health officials are working to boost its availability for emergency situations.

The “Opioid Epidemic” we are now experiencing was the unwitting result of the American medical establishment’s efforts to prioritize pain management, explains Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Karen Milman.

Supervisors Back Medicine Disposal Program

Oct 5, 2016

Sonoma County Supervisors this week signaled their intention to apply the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility to pharmaceuticals, through a new ordinance to require the safe collection of extra or unwanted medicines.

While industry resistance persists, there is clear public support for the Extended Producer Responsibility approach advanced by county supervisors. The Water Agency's Susan Keach provided some figures for that, too.

This comes as no surprise to the California Product Stewardship Council's Heidi Sanborn.

Inside Costa Rica’s Ban on In Vitro Fertilization

Jun 17, 2015
Azul Films


   Costa Rica’s vote to ban in vitro fertilization in 2000 was a political decision, but one with some painful personal impacts.  Both are traced in a bay area filmmaker’s new documentary, which comes to KRCB television Thursday night, just in time for Father's Day.

While Gabriella Quiros’ Beautiful Sin has been getting shown at festivals, and on some public television stations in this country, she is looking forward to taking it back to her homeland soon, where she expects it will generate a lot of attention.

Assembly Tries Again on Drug Cost Containment

Jun 9, 2015
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  Some California legislators are making a second attempt to rein in prescription drug costs for some common diseases. Suzanne Potter reports.

Medicine Disposal Requirements Upheld

May 28, 2015

In a decision reaching from Washington to your medicine cabinet, the US Supreme Court has held that local governments can require pharmaceutical companies to take responsibility for the collection and disposal of their excess products.

Heidi Sanborn,  Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council, says laws such as the Alameda ordinance, are advancing the concept of “Extended Producer Responsibility,” which is a critical component of overall efforts to reduce consumer waste.

VeloMed Watches Out For Injured Cyclists

Sep 15, 2014

   No one is in a better position to aid an injured bicyclist than another rider—especially when that other rider is also a doctor or nurse. So that’s what Velo-Med was created to do.

  From concept to active reality, Velo-Med is less than a year old. And founder Dr. Stephen Meffert says it has been a definite learning curve for both organizers and participants.

One of those learning areas. Meffert adds, has centered on managing the scene when a fall or accident has happened.

Phillipine Medical Mission

Apr 3, 2014

  In January, a medical mission organized by a North Bay doctor, treated thousands of patients in the Philippines, many of them in outlying rural areas recently hit by natural disasters. But this was not a one-time response to the needs there. Bruce Robinson talks with the doctor who makes it happen.

The mission was a project of the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California.

Seniors Pass Up Free Health Subsidies

May 9, 2013
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Millions of struggling seniors are paying more than they need to for their health care… effectively turning down free money. Local advocates say seniors are overwhelmed and missing out on many of the benefits they’re entitled to. 

Brain Tumors Found in Sick Raccoons

Jan 17, 2013
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Sick raccoons are nothing new in northern California, where distemper is fairly common among them. But some don’t fit that pattern for raccoon deaths, and new laboratory studies have found out why.


Sometimes, researchers have an idea of what they will find when they begin their investigations. This was not such a case, says Dr. Patricia Pesavento, a pathologist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In fact, their findings surprised everyone involved.