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Central Valley and Rural Northern California Counties Ranked Unhealthiest

Apr 1, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

People living in California’s Central Valley and rural northern counties have the poorest health outcomes in the state, according to a report released last Wednesday.

The 2015 County Health Rankings, a nationwide report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ranks counties based on health outcomes.

In a ranking that weighs length...

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Prescription Candy: A Quick Fix for Aging?

Mar 29, 2015

By Matt Perry

In America, drug addiction is despised as a social scourge, a destructive force for families and communities alike.

Yet when it comes to treating older adults, drugs are hailed as quick salvation — prescription candy — the answer to complex chronic diseases and behavioral “problems” affiliated with dementia.

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Some California Cities See End in Sight for Veteran Homelessness

Mar 23, 2015

Marine veteran Mitchell Horton had been chronically homeless since 1988 until last year when he was granted an efficiency apartment in downtown Santa Cruz. He now works as a security guard. Photo by Lynn Graebner By Lynn Graebner Cities across Califor...

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Need to Know

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...

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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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Empathy: The Future of Dementia Care

Mar 15, 2015

 

 

By Matt Perry

Imagine you’re losing your mind. Imagine most of the life you’ve led is now slipping away from dementia.

 

And it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to you.

 

While it’s hard for most people to imagine dementia in a positive light, aging experts say the benefits can offer precisely those aspects...

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Empathy: The Future of Dementia Care

Mar 15, 2015

 

 

By Matt Perry

Imagine you’re losing your mind. Imagine most of the life you’ve led is now slipping away from dementia.

 

And it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to you.

 

While it’s hard for most people to imagine dementia in a positive light, aging experts say the benefits can offer precisely those aspects...

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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...

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Parenting programs turn to fathers

Mar 12, 2015

Rico Lowe gives his four-month-old daughter, Royalty, a bottle.

 

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By Callie Shanafelt

Chris Gibson spends his days visiting new fathers and their tiny babies. He’s a fathering coach and offers help that’s increasing in demand — teaching dads in low income neighborhoods about the ins and outs of infants.

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