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Small Financial Incentives Help Some Low-Income Smokers Quit

Nov 17, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Small financial incentives can double smoking cessation rates among low-income smokers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health last week.

“We wanted to investigate how small and potentially cost-effective financial incentives might help safety net hospital patients quit smoking,” said Darla Kendzor, assistant professor at the University of Texas School...

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Health Resource Fair Set For Saturday in Oak Park

Nov 17, 2014
Health Resource Fair Set For Saturday in Oak Park

On November 22nd, Sacramento Charter High School will play host to a resource fair sponsored by WE Connect, an event designed to help members of the community find ways to save money and sign up for affordable healthcare. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m. WE Connect, a project...

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Consciousness and Health
Moving From The Right To Die To The Desire To Live

Moving From The Right To Die To The Desire To Live

Regardless of your feelings about Brittany Maynard’s decision to die on her own terms, the story is a tragic one. 


After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, the former Bay Area resident and her husband moved from California to Oregon – one of only five states where it’s legal to terminate your own...

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Game to 100
DeMarcus Cousins is a downer on upbeat Kings

Nov 17, 2014
DeMarcus Cousins is a downer on upbeat Kings

  A perceptive, tolerant human being I know had this to say about DeMarcus Cousins: “He may be a jerk, but he’s our jerk.” The comment came from a longtime Sacramentan who looks for ways to get beyond negative experiences … Continue reading

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California Health Report TV – Episode 4

Nov 17, 2014

In this episode we bring you stories from around the state about people improving their lives – and the conditions of their communities.

First we go to Sunnyside Organic Seedlings in Richmond where we met Pilar Reber who went from a pesticide applicator twenty years ago to the owner of a certified organic farm.


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Robert's Sister
Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 16: Epilepsy and Religion

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 16:  Epilepsy and Religion

I have always been perplexed about Robert’s deep religious beliefs. 

Trish took Robert to church a while back
In fact, I have found myself annoyed when I am waiting for him to finish saying grace and I am starving to death.  I think it’s a little over the top...

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Breast Cancer? But Doctor....I hate pink!
Thanksgiving Cancer Style

I used to be a foodie.  I cooked "gourmet" as it was called then.  Fresh everything, from scratch.  I  grew my own herbs, shopped farmers markets, had boxes from local farmers delivered to my house weekly with unknown goodies in them.  I was the first to find a weird and unknown vegetable and figure...

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Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 15: Friendships, Bonds and Blessings

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 15:  Friendships, Bonds and Blessings

A devastating side-effect of epilepsy is social isolation.

The Epilepsy Society of the UK discusses the link between epilepsy and mood which, of course, can affect personal relationships. 

Robert and Carol: a bond and blessing
Whether this is because of the medications or the fear of having a seizure...

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Robert's Sister
Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 14: Ack! The Caregiver is Sick

Epilepsy Awareness Month Day 14:  Ack! The Caregiver is Sick

The impact of epilepsy on Robert is that he has declined to the point of needing assistance with his daily living tasks.  He is incontinent but isn’t aware (or concerned) if his pants get wet.  He’s told me before, “they’ll be dry by morning.” 

Um, he needs a little . . . guidance when it...

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New Report Recommends Social and Behavioral Domains for Electronic Health Records

Nov 14, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Including social and behavioral information in patients’ electronic health records may improve patient care, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

The Institute of Medicine identified several categories for possible inclusion in electronic health records, including alcohol use, race and ethnicity, tobacco use and exposure, census tract median income, education,...

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