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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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Salinas Valley Project Helps Residents Access Clean Drinking Water

May 11, 2015

By Lynn Graebner Thousands of residents in rural disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley may soon have help avoiding drinking water from domestic wells and small water systems contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrate. A grass roots pilot ...

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Aging with Dignity: live alone or in a community?

May 11, 2015

By Matt Perry

An overwhelming percentage of older adults insist on remaining in their homes as they age.

Called “aging in place,” it’s considered the Holy Grail for families and governments alike. Older adults want the comfort and autonomy of home. Governments hope to keep seniors at home as long as possible, mortified of the financial...

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Police and Moms of Cypress Park Walk the Beat To Safety

May 10, 2015

By Jessica Portner

As sunset approaches, a crowd amasses outside King Taco, a popular restaurant in the high-crime, densely populated Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. About 25 moms from the largely Latino neighborhood are there to greet Captain Jeff Bert of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division, maybe grab a bite, and then...

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More than 40% of California Adults Have a Chronic Health Condition, Report Finds

May 8, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

 

More than 40 percent of California adults have a chronic health condition, and rates are higher in some regions, according to a new report.

High blood pressure is the most common chronic condition, affecting about one in four adults in California, or 7.6 million people, says the April 28 report by the...

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Need to know

By Hannah Guzik   What’s the vaccination tipping point for wary parents? Advocates question whether there are gaps in coverage for California kids. Even when medically necessary, children face barriers to epileptic surgery. Health insurers aren’t following law to provide free women’s health services. Can technology help with the caregiver crisis? Almost 40% of...

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Saying No to Teen Dating Violence One Classroom at a Time

May 3, 2015

By Jessica Portner Jessica Corral, an education coordinator with Peace Over Violence, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group, stands in front of a rowdy class of teenagers at San Gabriel High School and draws a “Cycle of Violence” on a white board, a circle that represents a sort of relationship weather map. It goes from...

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California Advocates Seek Information on Children’s Exchange Plans

Apr 30, 2015

By Kellie Schmitt

Pediatric coverage benefits offered through the Affordable Care Act’s exchange plans vary widely across the country – and so far, there is little data to show whether or not these variations are creating gaps in the children’s care here.

The post California Advocates Seek Information on Children’s Exchange Plans appeared first...

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Even When Medically Necessary, Children Face Barriers to Epileptic Surgery, Study Finds

Apr 30, 2015

By Hannah Guzik 

When anti-seizure drugs no longer help, children with epilepsy often need surgery, but a new study has found that they face barriers to treatment and often wait more than a year for the surgery.

The UCLA study found that, on average, children had had seizures for more than five years before they...

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Caregiver Crisis: Technology to the Rescue?

Apr 26, 2015

By Matt Perry

Will social networking and technology save the day for one of America’s most intractable social problems — caring for the country’s aging population?

The splashy launch of the San Francisco-based startup Honor — with high-profile backing from tech entrepreneur Mark Andreessen, politicians, and Hollywood celebrities alike — spotlights an issue that is devastating...

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Need to Know

Apr 25, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Navigating the barriers to care is a challenge for the newly insured. A state bill removing vaccine exemptions clears a key hurdle. Five counties have no providers ...

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