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Obese Kids Often Mistake Symptoms and Overuse Asthma Drugs

Nov 19, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study finds that obese kids with asthma may mistake being breathless for an asthma attack, which can lead to unnecessary use of asthma inhalers. Researchers reviewed data on 58 children with asthma, half obese and half within normal...

Small Financial Incentives Help Some Low-Income Smokers Quit

Nov 17, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Small financial incentives can double smoking cessation rates among low-income smokers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health last week.

“We wanted to investigate how small and potentially cost-effective financial incentives might help safety net hospital patients quit smoking,” said Darla Kendzor, assistant professor at the University of Texas School...

New Report Recommends Social and Behavioral Domains for Electronic Health Records

Nov 14, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Including social and behavioral information in patients’ electronic health records may improve patient care, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

The Institute of Medicine identified several categories for possible inclusion in electronic health records, including alcohol use, race and ethnicity, tobacco use and exposure, census tract median income, education,...

National Preterm Birthrate Gets a C, but California Gets an A

Nov 10, 2014

By Fran Kritz Preterm births are at their lowest rates in seventeen years, accounting for 11.4 percent of all births nationally in 2013, according to a new report from the March of Dimes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not expect ...

Study: Millions of Californians have Higher Risk of Disease Following Childhood Adversity

Nov 7, 2014

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

One in six Californians has experienced significant trauma in childhood – and enough stress to put their long-term health at risk, according to a study released yesterday.

The study, “A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California,” was issued by the Center for Youth Wellness in partnership with the non-profit...

Starting Babies Off with Good Food Habits Can Last Their Lifetime

Nov 3, 2014

By Fran Kritz 

Researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences studied the diets of babies at six months and 12 months and found that they are usually dependent on the racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds of their mothers.“We found that differences in dietary habits start very early,” says Xiaozhong Wen,...

Group Classes Teach Parents to Help Kids with Autism Improve their Language Skills

Oct 30, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A study by Stanford researchers finds that group classes for parents that teach a specific therapy can help to improve the children’s’ language skills.  The  study looked at 12 week classes that taught “pivotal response training” in which parents identify something a child wants—such as a ball–and offer rewards in exchange for...

New Study looks at Health and Well-Being of Latino Children in California

Oct 22, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study shows significant differences between the health and wellbeing of the 4.7 million Latino children in California and white children in the state. The study, conducted at the request of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health,* also shows Latino children now make up almost half the children in the...

Native American Tribes Have the Right, but Not the Resources, to Prosecute Abusers

Oct 21, 2014

By Leah Bartos

Native American woman face a 2 in 5 chance of experiencing some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In most of these cases – 86 percent – the perpetrator of the violence will be non-Native.

These statistics, based on federal data, reflect a rate of violence against Native American women...

Tulare County Fights Domestic Violence on a New Front

Oct 15, 2014

By Leah Bartos

Nestled in central California and flanked by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Tulare County is sometimes called the Appalachia of the West. It is home to the giant Sequoia trees; Mount Whitney towers over the county’s eastern edge. It’s also one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the state.

The post Tulare...

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