3 reasons to say no to e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes and a way to manage nicotine cravings if you’re trying to quit. But here are 3 good reasons to give them a thumbs down. 1. Safety concerns After analyzing e-cigarette samples, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that some products contain cancer-causing agents and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze. 2….

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospitals keep patients, ambulances waiting, survey finds

County officials concerned with growing delays in transferring ambulance patients — which prevent paramedics from answering next call.   BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER Published: June 9, 2015 Updated: June 10, 2015 2:38 p.m. Waiting for an ambulance can be excruciating. But the wait afterward for a hospital bed is often much longer. It’s not uncommon in Riverside County for an hour or more to pass before paramedics can…

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Vast trove of Medicare data details how billions are spent

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Jun 1st 2015 6:13PM WASHINGTON (AP) — Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in payments. Among physicians, cancer specialists received the largest payments from Medicare, but much of their reimbursements went to cover the cost of the very expensive drugs to treat their patients. Those were among thousands of details in…

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RIVERSIDE: Lawsuits filed over city’s ambulance policy

City and Symons Ambulance suing each other over whether company can do business without city permit. BY ALICIA ROBINSON / STAFF WRITER Published: April 7, 2015 Updated: 10:21 p.m.  ALICIA ROBINSON, STAFF PHOTO SUIT, COUNTERSUIT Riverside and Symons Ambulance are suing each other over whether the company can do business in the city. Here is a summary of their arguments. City: Alleges Symons violated municipal code by operating without a city franchise…

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Mission Ambulance Is Poised For The City Of Riverside

After many years of persistence and hardwork Mission Ambulance has prevailed to become a permitted Ambulance provider for the City of Riverside. We are proud to serve the City of Riverside.  Being a City of Riverside permitted ambulance provider allows us to service our contracted hospitals, facilities and provide additional ambulance transportation resources to the citizens in the City. Mission passed the City’s inspection process with 10 New Ambulances ready to serve. In 2014…

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RIVERSIDE: Two more ambulance companies approved

BY ALICIA ROBINSON / STAFF WRITER Published: Jan. 7, 2015 3:09 p.m. Two companies seeking to provide non-emergency ambulance service in Riverside have passed the next-to-last hurdle to getting operating permits known as franchises. The Riverside City Council Mission on Tuesday voted to grant five-year franchises to Mission, and Cavalry ambulance companies that allow them to do business in the city. In both cases, the vote was 6-1 with Councilman Chris…

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RIVERSIDE: Competition for ambulance service heats up

BY ALICIA ROBINSON / STAFF WRITER Published: Dec. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:18 p.m. AMBULANCES ADDED Riverside council members have agreed to allow one, and potentially up to four, more companies to offer non-emergency ambulance service in the city, which has long been served solely by American Medical Response. Examples of non-emergency trips include moving patients from one hospital to another or transporting patients to dialysis appointments. APPROVED: Care Ambulance was…

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RIVERSIDE: Three more ambulance companies may get permits

BY ALICIA ROBINSON / STAFF WRITER  Published: Nov. 21, 2014 Updated: Nov. 23, 2014 6:05 p.m. After years of excluding all but one ambulance company, Riverside appears to be shifting toward welcoming all comers who want to transport non-emergency patients in the city. There’s still only one company – American Medical Response – allowed to do business in Riverside. But that looks likely to change, with Care Ambulance on its…

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Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says

Time Inc, Time.com Mandy Oaklander @mandyoaklander  Oct. 17, 2014      The link between soda and telomere length Nobody would mistake sugary soda for a health food, but a newstudy published in the American Journal of Public Health just found that a daily soda habit can age your immune cells almost two years. Senior study author Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco, wanted to look at the mechanisms behind…

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RIVERSIDE: Could city bid 911 ambulance contract?

July 1, 2014 by Alicia Robinson In a probably little-noticed comment at the end of the Riverside City Council’s June 10 meeting, Councilman Paul Davis attempted to get the lid off an interesting can of worms: he asked city staff to “explore the options” for bidding out emergency ambulance service in the city. Those who have watched the saga of Riverside’s permit system for non-emergency ambulance service (also known as…

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