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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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Online Access to Doctors Encourages Patients to Seek Care

Sep 2, 2014

By Kellie Schmitt

Bay Area resident Mark Bloomquist, 33, hadn’t had a relationship with a primary care physician in more than a decade.

Waiting on hold to make appointments and juggling callbacks for physician advice or lab results seemed like too much hassle. When Bloomquist needed medical care – which he often did as an avid...

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Some California Schools Make Breakfast the First Lesson of the Day

Sep 2, 2014

By Linda Childers

When Ross McGowan and his team of volunteers enter one of the classrooms at Healdsburg Elementary School, the students cheer excitedly. Their enthusiastic response isn’t because they remember McGowan from his thirty-plus years in Bay Area television, but rather because he comes bearing food.

After retiring from television in 2009, McGowan, the affable...

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The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

Sep 2, 2014

By Matt Perry

These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants.

And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

With stressed savings accounts, Americans who are both healthy or needing assistance are looking to stretch their retirement dollars as far...

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Easy Online Access Changes Doctor-Patient Relationships

Sep 1, 2014

By Kellie Schmitt

The days of waiting on hold and playing phone tag with the doctor’s office are diminishing for patients across the state and nation as more and more health providers implement patient portals.

These interactive sites, which allow patients to message physicians, refill prescriptions and schedule appointments online, are bringing medical interactions into the...

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California Health Report TV – Episode 2

Sep 1, 2014

In this episode we travel from Oakland to Lake County to Los Angeles looking for stories of people who are improving their own health and the health of their communities.

First we journey to East Oakland where a unique childcare program called Room to Bloom helps both parents and their children.

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Obese Moms Who Limit Weight Gain During Pregnancy May See Improved Outcomes for Themselves and their Babies

Aug 31, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study has found that traditional weight loss techniques including food and exercise journals, weekly support meetings and nutrition and diet counselling are effective weight loss tools for pregnant women dealing with obesity. The st...

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Treating Rumination in Young Adults May Prevent Episodes of Depression

Aug 29, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that young adults with a past history of mental illness have “hyper-connected” emotional and cognitive networks in their brains.

Researchers say the networks may “talk to each other a little too much,” and result in rumination, a risk factor for...

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Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

Aug 27, 2014

By Lorena Anderson

More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

Exclusive breastfeeding numbers rose 8 percent since 2010, a significant step in the right direction, said Karen Farley,...

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Speaking Up for Unseen Survivors

Aug 27, 2014

Los Angeles LGBT Center Supports LGBT Victims of Abuse By Hannah Guzik Terra Slavin first walked into a domestic violence shelter when she was 16. In some ways, she never left. She was there as a volunteer, but she had no idea at the time that the exp...

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Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

Aug 27, 2014

By Alisha Wyman

A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage.

Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple.

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