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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 Stem Cell Report
California’s New $200 Million Stem Cell Spark

California’s New $200 Million Stem Cell Spark

Directors of the $3 billion California stem cell agency this month will attempt to supercharge some of their major research programs and push stem cell therapies more rapidly into the marketplace and the clinic.


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The move is part of a...

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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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California Stem Cell Report
Asterias Stock Price Jumps Nearly 13 Percent Today Following hESC Therapy News

Asterias Stock Price Jumps Nearly 13 Percent Today Following hESC Therapy News

The California stem cell agency and Asterias Biotherapeuticstoday picked up a modicum of news coverage in connection with an advance on a spinal injury therapy that was once hailed as historic.


The news about the Menlo Park, Ca., firm’s clinical trial received major attention in the San Francisco Chronicle and more modest coverage in...

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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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California Stem Cell Report
California’s Stem Cell Trial for Spinal Cord Injury Moves Forward

A California firm, backed by $14.3 million in state cash, today announced that it has received a federal go-ahead to advance its clinical trial involving a human embryonic (hESC) therapy for cervical spinal cord injury.


Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., of Menlo Park, said in a press release that it is currently selecting clinical trial...

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