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West Sacramento Announces Mandatory Water Restrictions

Aug 8, 2014
West Sacramento Announces Mandatory Water Restrictions


The City of West Sacramento said Friday that it is enacting mandatory water restrictions.

Using drinkable water for washing streets, parking lots or buildings is no longer allowed. Watering lawns and landscaping between noon and 6 p.m. is …


Appeal Democrat
Horse controversy in Olivehurst

A private, horse-focused humane organization has accused the owner of an Olivehurst ranch and auction of animal abuse and cruelty because of dead or underweight horses on his property.
UCSF Team Works to Meet Physical Care Needs of Mental Health Patients

Aug 7, 2014

By Linda Childers

A cutting-edge program run through the UC San Francisco School of Nursing is helping people with mental illness better manage all of their health needs.

Sheila* is a single, homeless woman in her 40’s with a long history of bipolar affective disorder, complicated at times by substance abuse and periods of homelessness.

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Huge Increase in Cases Handled by Medi-Cal Complaint Office This Year

Aug 7, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

The California office that handles complaints from people in the state’s low-income health program has seen its monthly caseload increase by 82 percent this year compared to 2013.

The Department of Health Care Services operates Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The department’s Managed Care Ombudsman Office responds to complaints from Medi-Cal enrollees.


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Having More than One Chronic Condition Cuts Short Life Expectancy

Aug 7, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that the more ailments a person has after retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy.

“Living with multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart failure is now the norm and not the exception in the...

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Despite Regulations, Low-Income Californians With Learning Disabilities Often Fall Through the Cracks

Aug 6, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Shortly after she began participating in California’s Welfare-to-Work program, Michele Marino began to think she was going crazy.

The single mother had just enrolled in a government cash-assistance program to help support herself and her two young sons, while she searched for a job and took classes at a community college.

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Children with Incarcerated Family Members Suffer Health Problems Later in Life

Aug 6, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study finds that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18 percent greater risk of experiencing poor health quality later in life than adults who did not have a family member sent to prison. The fi...

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Tahoe Truckee Outdoor
2 dead in Lake Tahoe boating accident

2 dead in Lake Tahoe boating accident

19 foot Glastron boat.A couple was killed when their boat crashed into a pier near Meeks Bay early Sunday morning. North Tahoe Fire and El Dorado County Sheriff Department received the report of a boat crash at 1:40am.There were people sleeping on the...

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Sacramento Magazine
Beer Me, The Dollar Wise Gourmet

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Many Young Men Now Have Insurance, But Will They See a Doctor?

Aug 4, 2014

By Amy DePaul

Twenty-one-year-old Albert is a self-described transient who picks up odd jobs whenever possible. On this day in mid-July, he’s waiting to be picked up for day labor in Santa Ana.

Albert has a black spot on his foot that he knows could signal diabetes, an illness that runs in his family and forced...

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