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Statistics Show Many Parents Experienced Childhood Trauma

Oct 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

One in five California adults with children living in their homes said they were physically abused as a child, and one in 10 were sexually abused, according to data released last week.

The research, from Kidsdata and the California Department of Public Health, show that adults who are raising children commonly experienced...

Fewer California Doctors Accept Medi-Cal, Despite Surge in Number of Patients

Oct 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

Although enrollment in California’s low-income health plan has surged in the last three years, fewer physicians are accepting these Medi-Cal patients, according to a new report.

That means 40 percent of doctors provide 80 percent of Medi-Cal visits statewide.

The report, released this month by the California Health Care Foundation, found that the...

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Granting Paid Parental Leave to School Employees

Oct 18, 2016


By Hannah Guzik

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill late last month that will give paid parental leave to all California school employees for up to 12 weeks, including those who work in classified departments and community colleges.

The workers will have the option to use any accrued sick leave during that time, and then will...

Going the Distance for Clean Mouths and Oral Health

Oct 16, 2016
Going the Distance for Clean Mouths and Oral Health

By Amy DePaul

Five-year-old Katherine Turcios looked skeptical as a hygienist held up a pen-sized dental instrument for the kindergartener to examine. “No pica,” she told Katherine, assuring her it wouldn’t hurt. Then she placed it in the child’s hand so she could see for herself that it wasn’t sharp.

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Not One Size Fits All, Researchers Find In Project to Reduce Disparities

Oct 9, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

When the California Public Health Department announced last year that more than $3.5 million was available for Native American groups working on mental health issues, officials expected to receive a host of applications.

The money was intended to let organizations expand and serve more patients with mental health needs.

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New Law Aims to Protect Child Sex Trafficking Victims, Instead of Criminalizing Them

Oct 4, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last week that aims to protect child sex trafficking victims instead of criminalizing them.

Senate Bill 1322 prohibits law enforcement from arresting or charging minors for prostitution or loitering with intent to commit prostitution. The bill, by Los Angeles Sen. Holly J.

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Addiction Treatment Changes Following Pressure from New Federal Rules

Oct 2, 2016

By Robin Urevich

Drug treatment professionals have long preached abstinence from all drugs—including medication aimed at managing addiction. But those who oppose medication-assisted treatment must face an inconvenient truth, say addiction medicine specialists like Richard Rawson, a psychologist who recently retired as co-director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program: Scientific studies show medication saves...

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.


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,...

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