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Editorial picks featuring general news of interest to the broad community: state, politics, breaking news, crime, accidents, etc.

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Starting Babies Off with Good Food Habits Can Last Their Lifetime

Nov 3, 2014

By Fran Kritz 

Researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences studied the diets of babies at six months and 12 months and found that they are usually dependent on the racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds of their mothers.“We found that differences in dietary habits start very early,” says Xiaozhong Wen,...

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Mixed-Status Families Fear Sign-Up Process for Health Coverage

Nov 3, 2014

Families in which some members lack legal residency have been hesitant to enroll eligible members in the health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, according to enrollment specialists and civil rights organizations.  

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Naturopathic Doctors Fighting for Inclusion Under Health Reform Insurance Policies

Nov 3, 2014

As more people gained access to insurance and primary care under the Affordable Care Act this year, naturopathic doctors hoped that their role in medicine might become more mainstream as well.

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Urban Farm expansion hampered by regulations

Nov 3, 2014

By Daniel Wientraub and Carl Costas

In this story we go to the Yisrael Family Farm in Sacramento where former tech worker Chanowk Yisrael is trying to support his family through with a backyard farm in the heart of one of urban Sacramento’s grittiest neighborhoods.


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Group Classes Teach Parents to Help Kids with Autism Improve their Language Skills

Oct 30, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A study by Stanford researchers finds that group classes for parents that teach a specific therapy can help to improve the children’s’ language skills.  The  study looked at 12 week classes that taught “pivotal response training” in which parents identify something a child wants—such as a ball–and offer rewards in exchange for...

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Changing the message of aging…subliminally

Oct 27, 2014

By Matt Perry

As a reporter who covers Aging issues, discussing the topic in public typically evokes this response through clenched teeth:   “Getting old sucks.”

There are variations on this reply – some involve profanity – but today’s accepted cultural message is that aging is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.


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UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations finds innovative ways to treat most common health problems

Oct 27, 2014

By Todd Dayton

In this story we visit a San Francisco research center working to better the lives of those most at risk for poor health. UC San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations puts many of the most common health conditions in the crosshairs, and uses research and outreach to improve the health of society’s...

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New Study looks at Health and Well-Being of Latino Children in California

Oct 22, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study shows significant differences between the health and wellbeing of the 4.7 million Latino children in California and white children in the state. The study, conducted at the request of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health,* also shows Latino children now make up almost half the children in the...

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Native American Tribes Have the Right, but Not the Resources, to Prosecute Abusers

Oct 21, 2014

By Leah Bartos

Native American woman face a 2 in 5 chance of experiencing some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In most of these cases – 86 percent – the perpetrator of the violence will be non-Native.

These statistics, based on federal data, reflect a rate of violence against Native American women...

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State Refuses to Identify Hospitals it Says Have Harmed Patients

Oct 15, 2014

By Chris Richard

California has been withholding money from 66 hospitals it holds culpable for medical errors, but state officials refuse to describe the mistakes or publicly identify the hospitals, all of which have allegedly harmed patients.

California Department of Health Care Services spokesman Norman Williams said the agency is withholding disciplinary records to protect patients’...

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