Health & Fitness
Advocates Urge the State to Gather More Data on Children in Medi-Cal

Aug 13, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

Although more than half of California’s children are enrolled in the state’s low-income health program, the state does not report how many of them are born at a low birth weight, receive a developmental screening in their first three years of life or have a suicide-risk assessment if they have...

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Sacramento-area rivers are dangerous — so what?

Aug 12, 2015

Breaking news! Wading, crossing or swimming in local rivers and creeks can be dangerous. I don’t know why that should be front-page news in the Sacramento Bee, but there it was again this morning. Members of the volunteer Drowning Accident … Continue reading

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Try sculling to push your comfort zone

Aug 10, 2015
Try sculling to push your comfort zone

I pushed my comfort zone over the weekend, and I tell myself that’s a good thing. I overcame some fears and picked up new skills that could prove useful. But that doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to expanding this process … Continue reading
Need to Know

Aug 9, 2015

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

By Hannah Guzik

Is California ready for the doubling population of seniors?

A highway to skilled nursing? Not so fast.

Getting people insured doesn’t save money overall, but improves health.

Pre-Super Bowl event sheds light on human trafficking.

The post

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California Teens With Positive Role Models Less Likely to be Overweight, Study Finds

Aug 7, 2015

By Hannah Guzik California teenagers who have positive role models and are involved in extracurricular activities are less likely to be overweight, a new study reports. However, teens of color and those from low-income families are less likely to have ...

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Population Explosion: California Seniors


By Matt Perry


Ready or not, here they come.

In just 15 years, California will have nearly twice as many seniors as today. Among them will be a rising percentage of Latinos and Asians, along with a greater number of single seniors without children to care for them.

This stunning demographic shift means the state will need...

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Sex harassment claims at Sacramento City Hall — what’s race got to do with anything?

Aug 6, 2015

“He’s a credit to his race.” That’s what well-meaning white folks used to say about blacks, such as boxer Joe Louis, who succeeded in the public arena. The implication, of course, was that Louis had come a long way from … Continue reading

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Dividing line between male and female athletes gets blurred

Aug 5, 2015

In writing Monday about a transgender swimmer set to enroll at Harvard, I came across two other stories related to the increasingly fluid dividing line between male and female athletes. In the first, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based … Continue reading
A Highway to Skilled Nursing? Not So Fast.

Many Californians don’t know they can use Medi-Cal to pay for assisted living at facilities like this one in Lodi.

By Matt Perry

A tiny California program to help indigent seniors afford assisted living may herald a sea change in how people without savings can obtain long-term care.

And with some tender loving care, it may...

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Gender identity issue shakes up Harvard swim teams

Aug 3, 2015

Back in the mid-1960s, when I was young and adventurous and open to new experiences, I made the acquaintance of Camille, a man who identified as a woman and felt trapped in the wrong body. Camille was saving money in … Continue reading

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