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Low-Income Patients Get Care More Quickly, Less Expensively at Federally Qualified Clinics

Oct 2, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Patients who are uninsured or receiving Medicaid benefits were able to see doctors faster and for less money at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) than in private primary care practices, according to a new study by researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania.

The researchers analyzed data from a previously published “secret shopper” study...

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Could Some in the U.S. Undergo Colonoscopies Too Often?

Oct 1, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Many people still don’t follow published guidelines that recommend colonoscopies for most people ages 50 to 74 every ten years. But some in that age range are having the test too often, finds a new study by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

The researchers reviewed electronic health data on close to 1,500...

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Study: Prenatal Exposure to Some Chemicals May Increase Risk of Asthma in Children

Sep 29, 2014

By Fran Kritz Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University recently published a study that found a strong link between prenatal exposure to two phthalates, chemicals used in many household products, and development of child...

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Angelinos reclaim public space for gardens

Sep 29, 2014

By Sasa Woodruff In this story we go to South Los Angeles, a community with some of the highest obesity rates in the country. Almost a third of the adults living there are obese. Now a handful of residents are trying to bring fresh food and health awar...

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Schools Challenged by Unfunded Mandate to Support Homeless Students

Sep 28, 2014

By Robin Urevich

Nearly 300,000 children in California—more than in any other state— are homeless, or live in cars, garages or crammed into single rooms with their entire families. More than half of those children are younger than 10 years old.

Most of them are in Southern California, in the state’s five most populous counties: Los...

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In Counties Where Teen Pregnancy is High, a Sex Ed Program Offers Promise

Sep 28, 2014

By Lisa Renner The teen boys in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center had a lot of questions for the two sex education instructors who paid them a visit. Among them: Where are free local clinics that provide testing for sexually transmitted ...

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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...

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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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Cancer-Screening Program For Women Attempts to Fill Gaps Left by Health Reform

Sep 25, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Dr. Milcah Larks is all too familiar with the cost of delaying preventative cancer screenings for women. As an oncologist in the Immunology Clinic at Ventura County Medical Center, a hospital in Ventura focused on underserved po...

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Despite progress, 350,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

Sep 23, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Carlos Gutierrez of Berkeley thought his health care troubles were over when he received a letter from his county’s social service agency in May telling him he qualified for Medi-Cal.

The 34-year-old single father of two had been without health insurance for months after losing his job as a trainer in car rental...

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