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Obese Kids Often Mistake Symptoms and Overuse Asthma Drugs

Nov 19, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study finds that obese kids with asthma may mistake being breathless for an asthma attack, which can lead to unnecessary use of asthma inhalers. Researchers reviewed data on 58 children with asthma, half obese and half within normal...

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California Stem Cell Report
A Look at Spinal Cord Injury Treatments from California’s Stem Cell Agency

The California stem cell agency today took to the Internet to conduct a nearly hour-long video briefing concerning the state of stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury.



The Google Hangout event featured Jane Lebkowski, president of research and development for Asterias Biotherapeutics of Menlo Park, Ca., which is involved in an early...

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Why unemployment is harder for older adults

Nov 18, 2014

By Marty Graham

San Diego area resident Teresa McConnell remembers the seven months of her unemployment clearly.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone any more, I didn’t want to hear myself say I didn’t have a job and watch people pull away,” she said. “I felt sick and ashamed just saying it.”
Instead, the 54-year-old San...

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The Blue Muse
Random with a side of controversial

Nov 17, 2014
Random with a side of controversial

Religion. Politics. Suicide. Feminism. Funeral plans. Ferguson.When I read the NaBloPoMo writing prompt this morning which asked about the most controversial posts I've ever written, I thought: Nah, I don't really do controversial. I write ab...

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HealthyCal.org
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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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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California Stem Cell Report
California’s Grand, $3 Billion Stem Cell Experiment: An Evaluation at Age 10

The $3 billion California stem cell agency turns 10 this month, an anniversary that naturally raises the question of what has it done for the first decade of its life.


Today The Sacramento Bee published an anniversary overview of the agency written by the publisher of this blog, David Jensen.  However, as...

California Stem Cell Report
Ten Year Performance of Stem Cell Agency: Top Execs’ Comments

Here is the text of what Jonathan Thomas, chairman of the California stem cell agency, and Randy Mills, president of the agency, had to say about its performance over the last 10 years.


Their remarks came after the agency was asked for comments from them for an article that appeared in The Sacramento...

California Stem Cell Report
The California Stem Cell Agency Numbers

The California Stem Cell Agency Numbers

​For today’s 10-year anniversary piece in The Sacramento Bee on the California stem cell agency, the agency was asked for statistics and numbers that would be useful in illustrating what it believes is the progress of the program.


The freelance article was written by David Jensen, publisher of this blog. Given the space limitations...

California Stem Cell Report
Comments From the First President of the California Stem Cell Agency

Comments From the First President of the California Stem Cell Agency

The following is the text of what Zach Hall, the first president of the California stem cell agency and who served from 2005 to 2007, had to say about its performance over the last decade.


Hall, who is retired and currently on the board of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, developed the California...

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