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From fungicide to organic – Richmond farmer changes approach and passes on new techniques

Oct 13, 2014

By Veronica Moscoso
In this story we go to Sunnyside Organic Seedlings in Richmond where we met Pilar Reber who went from a pesticide applicator twenty years ago to the owner of a certified organic farm. Reber is now partnering with local non-profits to teach youth about organic farming methods.

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California Health Report TV – Episode 3

Oct 13, 2014

For this episode we gathered inspirational personal stories with broader community implications from around the state.

First we go to Concord, where Alex Chavez had gained so much weight that he felt helpless to do anything to improve his health. Then he learned about Cooking Matters– a cooking class that makes a healthy lifestyle affordable.

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Living Near a Highway May Increase High Blood Pressure Risk for Older Adults

Oct 10, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at Brown University finds that living near a highway may increase the risk for high blood pressure.

The researchers reviewed data from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long term study funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, on 5,400 post-menopausal women in San Diego.

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Interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley

Oct 6, 2014

California Health and Human Services Secretary, Diana Dooley leads 13 departments and is the chairwoman of Covered California, the new agency that’s implementing the affordable care act in California. But this interview between Daniel Weintraub, California Health Report Editor-in-Chief and California’s top health official, Dooley,  isn’t about health care, it’s about health – and...

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Project to Reduce Obesity Nationwide Starts With Kids in Imperial County

Oct 5, 2014

By Lisa Renner

Children love pulling fresh carrots out of the garden or picking berries off a bush. It’s fun to eat food they have grown themselves.

The Imperial County Childhood Obesity Project is funding community and school gardens in hopes that kids who enjoy gardening will eat more fruits and vegetables, and ultimately slim down.

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Expanded Covered California Dental Coverage Could Pose Access Problems

Oct 2, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Beginning Jan. 1, all individual Covered California health plans will include dental coverage for children in the family 18 and younger, a move that state officials hope will result in tens of thousands of kids getting oral health care.

While children’s advocates applaud expanding the coverage, they caution that there already aren’t enough...

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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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