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Five Northern California Areas Have Higher Proportion of Unvaccinated Kids, Study Finds

Jan 21, 2015

By Hannah Guzik As an outbreak of measles linked to Disneyland sweeps across the state, researchers have identified five Northern California areas that have higher proportions of unvaccinated children than the general population. The study, published o...

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Contra Costa Aims to Stop Domestic Violence Homicides Before They Happen

Jan 20, 2015

By Leah Bartos On September 20, 2011, Rafael Zarate slipped an eight-inch kitchen knife into his boot and walked into the restaurant where his ex-girlfriend was just beginning her shift. The troubles between Zarate and Jensy Romero had already gone on ...

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Don’t Miss Stories

Jan 20, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik

Brown’s budget doesn’t include money for health coverage for undocumented immigrants.
There’s also no additional money to address the state’s dental coverage woes.
Funding for health and social services will remain largely the same under the new plan.

The...

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San Diego tries housing first for homeless

Jan 20, 2015

By Marty Graham

San Diego, which in 2013 had the fourth largest homeless population in the U.S., has committed $30 million to an aggressive housing-first strategy that grew out of test projects putting the city’s most hard-core homeless indoors.

The new push is being heralded as a paradigm shift from a spectrum of temporary shelters, transient...

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Not Crazy, Not Bad: The Aging Gurus of Mental Health

Jan 18, 2015

By Matt Perry

A visit to most long-term care facilities – a nursing home or assisted living facility – quickly reveals who wields the sword of control. Managers dispense orders to staff. Then able-bodied caregivers roam floors full of seniors compromised in either mind or body.

And frail residents dutifully follow the...

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Left Behind by the Affordable Care Act

Jan 15, 2015

By Lily Dayton

Santa Cruz resident Dominga Sarabia* began to itch after taking the antibiotics a doctor prescribed to treat her ulcer. Her skin prickled with hives, and her hands, face and throat swelled until she feared she wouldn’t be able to breathe. She headed to a nearby emergency room, where doctors attended to her...

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A Return to Roots

Jan 15, 2015

Excluded from the Affordable Care Act, Farmworkers Grow Emotional Health Together

By Hannah Guzik

A group of 13 women sit in a circle under a painting of ancient Mesoamerica featuring the first indigenous president of Mexico, Benito Juárez. Under the painting is a quote by Juárez, in Spanish. Translated, it reads, “Among individuals, as among nations,...

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Study: Schedule Recess before Lunch to Get Kids to Eat their Fruits and Vegetables

Jan 14, 2015

By Fran Kritz A study by researchers at Brigham Young and Cornell University offers a recommendation for getting kids at school to eat more fruits and vegetables: schedule recess before lunch. Students who participate in the National School Lunch Progr...

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Little Changes Seen in Fast Food Portion Sizes Since 1996

Jan 13, 2015

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University shows portion sizes of fast foods did not change much between 1996 and 2013. The USDA researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of cheeseburgers, french fries, cola beverages and...

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Doctor Visits May not Provide Enough Information on a Child to Prompt a Needed Autism Referral

Jan 13, 2015

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at Brigham Young University finds that many pediatric checkups don’t provide enough information about the children being examined to determine that a child is autistic. According to the researchers, during such a short window many children show mostly typical behavior and so may not get a referral...

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