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Public Comment on Draft Research Plan: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft research plan on screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children. The draft research plan is available for review and public comment from February 25, 2021 through March 24, 2021. To review the draft research plan and submit comments, go here. Any visitor to the Task Force Web site can comment on any of the listed USPSTF draft documents. However, readers should note that the USPSTF writes these documents for researchers, primary care doctors, and other health care providers, using medical ...

75 years of age and older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccines Now Available for Santa Clara County Residents 75 Years and Older SCCFREEVAC.ORG Beginning January 13, 2021, the Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations to Santa Clara County residents who are 75 years of age or older.  Any local resident in this age group who is not a regular patient of Kaiser, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, or Stanford Healthcare can now schedule an appointment through one of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s (SCVMC’s) vaccination clinic sites by visiting and clicking on the “schedule a ...

Security Prescription Fix Signed By Governor Newsom; Delays Implementation Until 2021

After intense lobbying from the California Medical Association (CMA), Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that will end the confusion caused by flawed implementation of the state’s new prescription pad law. AB 149 will delay implementation of the new law until January 1, 2021, ensuring that patients will continue to have access to the medicine they need while the state creates a system to better track prescriptions across the state. Physicians will be required to order a new set of prescription pads by that date, and the Department ...