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California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

Jun 26, 2016
California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

By Robin Urevich

Climate change is global, but local governments are both the biggest source of the world’s carbon emissions and the first line of defense against its effects. The United Nations Environment Program reports that 75 percent of the world’s carbon emissions come from urban areas. Now, more and more cities and counties are...

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Children’s Health Access Improving in California, Researchers Say

Jun 24, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California has improved access to health care for children in recent years, but still lags behind many other states in terms of the overall well-being of kids, a new report finds.

A nationwide ranking system by two children’s groups says California comes in 38th for well-being for kids.

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California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

Jun 24, 2016
California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

By Hannah Guzik

On June 15, the state legislature voted to spend $5 million to create a gun violence research center, which will work to understand the public health problem in the hopes of preventing deaths. It will be the first center of its kind in the country.

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Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

Jun 21, 2016
Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

By Matt Perry

With Latinos now the largest ethnic population in California, the spotlight on Latino aging is shining ever brighter, and with it exposure to a topic rarely discussed: worsening rates of cognitive decline.

Latinos suffer from dementia at rates 1.5 times higher than whites, but not because of genetic makeup.

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Rising Rate of STD Infection in California Troubles Public Health Officials

Jun 21, 2016
Rising Rate of STD Infection in California Troubles Public Health Officials

By Kit Stolz

The rates of the most common sexually transmitted diseases – chlamydia and gonorrhea – have risen over the last five years in California, particularly among men, and particularly in the case of gonorrhea, and even in counties that have made a concerted effort to reduce the number of infections.

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Many Californians Have Lower Insurance Costs Thanks to Health Reform

Jun 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

Californians who purchase their own health insurance spent less on health care in the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s full implementation, showing that the federal law has had an effect, a new report finds.

Those who bought insurance through the individual marketplace spent nearly $2,500 less on health care in...

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Confronted with Evidence on Teenage Sleep, Some California Schools Move to Start Later

Jun 16, 2016
Confronted with Evidence on Teenage Sleep, Some California Schools Move to Start Later

Teenagers need more sleep than adults, and early start times for school aren’t helping. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently began to advocate for starting high school at 8:30 a.m. in hopes of better meeting students’ sleep needs. This could also help combat depression, reduce car accidents and help with other health problems that can...

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When autism ages out of the school system

Jun 10, 2016

By Pam Raymond

California’s day programs for adults with autism are underfunded and overcrowded. But with thousands of young people with developmental delays or disabilities about to reach the age at which they can no longer attend a public school, the problem is soon going to get much, much worse.

My daughter’s story is just one...

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Invasive Mosquitoes a Concern as California Grapples With Zika Risk

Invasive Mosquitoes a Concern as California Grapples With Zika Risk

So far, no one has contracted Zika in California — but some travelers have returned to the state already infected. Epidemiologists say that it’s possible the virus could take hold in pockets of the state, if certain mosquitoes bite those with Zika infections, but the likelihood of a widespread epidemic is low.

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When Air Quality Dips, P.E. Moves Indoors in the Central Valley

When Air Quality Dips, P.E. Moves Indoors in the Central Valley

The Central Valley has long been plagued with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. It usually hits those with the most vulnerable lungs the hardest, including elementary school-age kids with asthma.

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