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Editorial picks featuring general news of interest to the broad community: state, politics, breaking news, crime, accidents, etc.
California skimps on diabetes prevention

Sep 28, 2014

By Robin Urevich

Diabetes afflicts one in 12 Californians. It causes early death and disability for millions and costs the state $27.6 billion annually in health care and related expenses.

In 20 years, diabetes rates are expected to double in the United States.

But the disease doesn’t have to wreak that kind of havoc.

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Cancer-Screening Program For Women Attempts to Fill Gaps Left by Health Reform

Sep 25, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Dr. Milcah Larks is all too familiar with the cost of delaying preventative cancer screenings for women. As an oncologist in the Immunology Clinic at Ventura County Medical Center, a hospital in Ventura focused on underserved po...

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Despite progress, 350,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

Sep 23, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Carlos Gutierrez of Berkeley thought his health care troubles were over when he received a letter from his county’s social service agency in May telling him he qualified for Medi-Cal.

The 34-year-old single father of two had been without health insurance for months after losing his job as a trainer in car rental...

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Healthy Lifestyle Factors May Prevent Most Heart Attacks in Men

Sep 23, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Four out of five heart attacks in men may be prevented by adopting a health lifestyle, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Healthy lifestyle behaviors include moderate alcohol use, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and diet and getting regular exercise, say the Swedish researchers...

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Conference on 9/23 to focus on health reform

Sep 22, 2014

Capitol Weekly and the University of California, UC Center present Health Care: California, a conference examining the California health care landscape, one year into the Affordable Care Act. This event will be filmed for later broadcast by the Califo...

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Homeless youth struggle with transition to adulthood

Sep 22, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson

In this story we go to Los Angeles, where Oliver Brown developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder growing up on the streets of Hollywood until the non-profit organization My Friend’s Place helped him find a path to an independent and healthy lifestyle.

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Pavement Helps Trailer Park Residents Breathe

Sep 19, 2014

By Suzanne Potter Graciela Zuniga and her two toddler boys suffer from asthma and bronchitis – conditions that are aggravated by all the dust kicked up by cars on the dirt roads of the trailer park they call home. “I get sick a lot, so do they. Everyone gets colds, and fevers too,” said...

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Despite Guidelines to the Contrary, Millions of Older Men Continue to Be Screened for Prostate Cancer

Sep 19, 2014

By Fran Kritz Millions of older men continue to get the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test to screen for prostate cancer, contrary to new guidelines, according to research by investigators at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The PSA test was...

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Most Employers, Like NFL, Don’t Have Policies for Responding to Domestic Violence

Sep 18, 2014

By Mary Flynn Most workplaces (70 percent) do not have a formal policy or program to address violence, let alone domestic violence specifically, despite a survey indicating that 44 percent of adult employees reported personally experiencing the effects of domestic violence in their workplace.

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Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

Sep 15, 2014

By Matt Perry

March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population.

Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois...

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