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Death Radio: Dr. Ruth Meets Car Talk

Sep 28, 2016

By Matt Perry

From Death Cafes to conscious dying and California’s new assisted dying law, death seems to be a topic on everyone’s mind.

In what is evidently the nation’s first radio show to explore death on a regular basis, Dying to Talk begins its weekly run this Sunday at 8 a.m.

The...

Measure Taxing E Cigarettes, Tobacco Will go to Voters

Sep 27, 2016
Measure Taxing E Cigarettes, Tobacco Will go to Voters

By Robin Urevich

The burgeoning electronic cigarette industry is on the defensive in California this year as the debate over the devices moves to the November ballot. If approved by the voters, Prop 56 would levy hefty taxes on so-called vaping devices and add $2 per pack to the price of traditional tobacco burning cigarettes.

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Allowing Fragile Children to Keep Doctors for 1 Year

Sep 27, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow some of California’s most medically fragile children to keep the health services they rely on.

Senate Bill 586 aims to prevent potentially life-threatening disruptions in care while the state restructures California Children’s Services, a health program for children with certain chronic conditions,...

Coachella Valley: Structural Racism and the Desert Healthcare District

Sep 26, 2016
Coachella Valley:  Structural Racism and the Desert Healthcare District

By Matt Perry

When the posh Mizell Senior Center in tony Palm Springs trumpeted the success of a new fall prevention program in the surrounding Coachella Valley last week, it was a lily white victory.

The post Coachella Valley: Structural Racism and the Desert Healthcare District appeared first on California Health...

Outreach to At-Risk Communities Crucial to Diabetes Prevention

Sep 25, 2016
Outreach to At-Risk Communities Crucial to Diabetes Prevention

By Linda Childers

At the senior center in Kerman, Calif., Rosendo Iniguez demonstrates how to cook a more healthful version of empanadas. Although such traditional Latino dishes are typically high in calories, fat and carbs, Iniguez is showing how diabetics can create healthier versions by making simple substitutions.

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USC Report: Latino dementia and costs rising rapidly

Sep 21, 2016

By Matt Perry

Every year another potential “breakthrough” in dementia treatment is trumpeted as potential salvation.

But there’s just one problem.

While these studies often show an improvement in plaque buildup on the brain – think of plaque buildup on your teeth – there’s no proof that plaque itself is the sole cause of Alzheimer’s disease, the...

State Seeking Innovative Ideas on How to Improve Social Determinants of Health

Sep 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California public health officials are asking residents to share their ideas on how to boost health statewide while both lowering costs and improving care.

The California Health and Human Services Agency and Department of Public Health announced last week that people can submit ideas online through Oct. 12 as part of the...

Training Police to Better Respond to Autism

Sep 18, 2016
Training Police to Better Respond to Autism

By Chris Richard

Amid increased public scrutiny of law enforcement tactics, some Southern California agencies have started specialized training to help officers read the signs of autism and respond appropriately.

The post Training Police to Better Respond to Autism appeared first on California Health Report.


GirlTrek Helps African-American Women Find Better Health

Sep 18, 2016
GirlTrek Helps African-American Women Find Better Health

A GirlTrek member laces up before a walk in Oakland. Photo courtesy GirlTrek.

By Linda Childers

When Kendria McKnight of Elk Grove, Calif., first started walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, she hoped to lower her blood pressure. She did that and much more.

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Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

Sep 13, 2016
Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

Photo: Flickr.

By Robin Urevich

The biggest merger in the history of the health insurance industry is on shaky ground. In June, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block the $54 billion Anthem-Cigna merger, as well as a similar bid by Aetna to acquire Humana.

Nationally, the two mergers would shrink the nation’s...

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