Dan Weintraub

Daniel Weintraub, editor of HealthyCal.org, is a veteran California journalist who has covered policy and politics for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the Sacramento Bee and the New York Times. He is a native Californian who has lived in the south and the north and now resides in Sacramento.

Web Site: http://www.healthycal.org

Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions

Oct 15, 2014

By Lynn Graebner An Oakland-based nonprofit group is building a national model to help foster youth overcome one of their biggest challenges: staying in school. Moving among multiple homes, often dealing with the trauma of neglect or abuse on top of be...

Spike in ER usage from newly insured declines over time, study says

Oct 15, 2014

Pent-up demand for health care leads to a spike in emergency room visits and hospitalizations among the newly insured, but those numbers quickly decline as people’s needs are met and their health becomes more stable, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The study could mean that fears...

Medicaid recipients see benefit boost

Oct 14, 2014

From Kaiser Health News With an improving fiscal climate, many states are increasing benefits for Medicaid recipients and paying their providers more. The trend is continuing into fiscal year 2015 for those who rely on Medicaid, the state and federal h...

Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health

Oct 13, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

Look at the health data for just about any collection of neighborhoods in California and one thing will soon become clear: Poor people are sicker and, on average, die younger than people with higher incomes.

The medical profession, social workers and health researchers have known this for a long time.

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Finding Humor – and Wisdom – in Aging

Oct 13, 2014

By Matt Perry

When actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, the tragedy traumatized fans worldwide who wondered how someone so famous – and so funny – could pull the plug on a legendary life and career.

It also spotlighted the vicissitudes of aging. Besides Williams’ recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s...

A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

Sep 28, 2014

By Matt Perry

When Bea Arthur and her merry band of aging pranksters graced the airwaves with their “Golden Girls” sitcom a quarter century ago, they paved the way for shared senior housing that’s both fun and affordable.

And like the world-famous Red Hat Society which celebrates aging gracefully and vibrantly, expect the Golden Girls Network...

California skimps on diabetes prevention

Sep 28, 2014

By Robin Urevich

Diabetes afflicts one in 12 Californians. It causes early death and disability for millions and costs the state $27.6 billion annually in health care and related expenses.

In 20 years, diabetes rates are expected to double in the United States.

But the disease doesn’t have to wreak that kind of havoc.

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Conference on 9/23 to focus on health reform

Sep 22, 2014

Capitol Weekly and the University of California, UC Center present Health Care: California, a conference examining the California health care landscape, one year into the Affordable Care Act. This event will be filmed for later broadcast by the Califo...

Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

Sep 15, 2014

By Matt Perry

March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population.

Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois...

Connecting the young and old in geriatric psychiatry

Sep 10, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson
Bella Schwartzbord, who turned 100 in August, recently added jewelry making to her busy schedule of playing Bingo, practicing yoga and taking walks. While she’s aging successfully, her daughter, Sarah Gelberd, M.D., knows that many older adults across California aren’t faring as well.

Gelberd sees the problem up close as medical director...

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