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Mar 23, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik What dementia can teach us. Women doctors earn 69 cents for every dollar their male colleagues do. The Denti-Cal access problem is serious, advocates say. A profile...

Youth Suicide Rates are Disproportionately Higher in Rural Areas

Mar 19, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Suicide rates among youths and young adults living in rural areas are almost twice as high as those living in urban areas, a recent study has found.

The disproportion increased between 1996 and 2010, “suggesting widening rural-urban disparities,” says the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal, JAMA Pediatrics on March 9.

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Need to Know

Mar 15, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik 

Are there enough doctors willing to treat children with Medi-Cal?

People are being dropped from Medi-Cal, but the state won’t say how many.

Can theatre be used to treat people with mental illness?

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Legislators Consider Denti-Cal Audit

Mar 12, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

California legislators will hold a hearing Tuesday on an audit that found that more than half of children enrolled in the state’s low-income health program didn’t see a dentist in 2013, the most recent year data was available.

State Auditor Elaine M. Howle’s report, released in December, found that fewer than 45 percent...

A Better Delivery for Pregnant Women in Jail

Mar 12, 2015

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By Linda Childers

As the young female inmate from the San Francisco County Jail prepared to give birth to her first child at San Francisco General Hospital, she found comfort in the fact that she wasn’t alone. Sitting by her bedside was a doula, a trained nonclinical birth companion whom she had been...

Need to Know

Mar 9, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

Aging is at a crossroads in California.

Too many Alzheimer’s patients overuse antipsychotics.

How to stop homicides, one shooter at a time.

Despite high rates of poverty, few Californians use food aid.

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Air Filtration System Reduces Pollutants Kids Are Exposed to on School Buses

Mar 4, 2015

By Hannah Guzik Kids are exposed to air pollution on school buses, but an on-board filtration system can cut pollutants by 88 percent, according to a new study. A high-efficiency cabin air, or HECA, system developed for school buses could help protect...

Need to Know

Mar 1, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Why young people kill: Part of a series on violence as a public health crisis. Covered California has extended the enrollment deadline. But residents still have to ...

High Heart-Failure Rate in San Bernardino County Prompts New Helpline

Feb 25, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Nearly 20 percent of San Bernardino County residents enrolled in the state’s low-income insurance program are treated for heart failure — an alarmingly high rate.

In response, a nonprofit has created a helpline that will facilitate care, with referrals to doctors, exercise programs, nutrition advice and transportation to clinics.

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Feb 22, 2015

By Hannah Guzik Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. Trauma is a public health crisis, but new research offers hope. California, for one, is trying to protect kids from trauma. Foster kids are prescribed antipsychotic...

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