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Empathy: The Future of Dementia Care

Mar 15, 2015

 

 

By Matt Perry

Imagine you’re losing your mind. Imagine most of the life you’ve led is now slipping away from dementia.

 

And it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to you.

 

While it’s hard for most people to imagine dementia in a positive light, aging experts say the benefits can offer precisely those aspects...

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Legislators Consider Denti-Cal Audit

Mar 12, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

California legislators will hold a hearing Tuesday on an audit that found that more than half of children enrolled in the state’s low-income health program didn’t see a dentist in 2013, the most recent year data was available.

State Auditor Elaine M. Howle’s report, released in December, found that fewer than 45 percent...

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Parenting programs turn to fathers

Mar 12, 2015

Rico Lowe gives his four-month-old daughter, Royalty, a bottle.

 

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By Callie Shanafelt

Chris Gibson spends his days visiting new fathers and their tiny babies. He’s a fathering coach and offers help that’s increasing in demand — teaching dads in low income neighborhoods about the ins and outs of infants.

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A Better Delivery for Pregnant Women in Jail

Mar 12, 2015

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By Linda Childers

As the young female inmate from the San Francisco County Jail prepared to give birth to her first child at San Francisco General Hospital, she found comfort in the fact that she wasn’t alone. Sitting by her bedside was a doula, a trained nonclinical birth companion whom she had been...

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Need to Know

Mar 9, 2015

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

By Hannah Guzik

Aging is at a crossroads in California.

Too many Alzheimer’s patients overuse antipsychotics.

How to stop homicides, one shooter at a time.

Despite high rates of poverty, few Californians use food aid.

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Advocates question children’s access to care

By Lisa Renner

A year after California added nearly a million children to the Medi-Cal program, advocates say the state is not doing enough to ensure that all of those kids have access to doctors and other health care providers.

Most of the children came from the old Healthy Families insurance program, a state and federal...

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Aging Inside the White House

Citing budget constraints, planners of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging once envisioned a virtual affair, with online sessions streamed across the world without any actual presence inside the White House. In other words, a lackluster, disconnec...

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Air Filtration System Reduces Pollutants Kids Are Exposed to on School Buses

Mar 4, 2015

By Hannah Guzik Kids are exposed to air pollution on school buses, but an on-board filtration system can cut pollutants by 88 percent, according to a new study. A high-efficiency cabin air, or HECA, system developed for school buses could help protect...

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Need to Know

Mar 1, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Why young people kill: Part of a series on violence as a public health crisis. Covered California has extended the enrollment deadline. But residents still have to ...

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High Heart-Failure Rate in San Bernardino County Prompts New Helpline

Feb 25, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Nearly 20 percent of San Bernardino County residents enrolled in the state’s low-income insurance program are treated for heart failure — an alarmingly high rate.

In response, a nonprofit has created a helpline that will facilitate care, with referrals to doctors, exercise programs, nutrition advice and transportation to clinics.

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