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California Children and Mothers Have Higher Exposure to Flame Retardants, Study Finds

Jul 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California children and their mothers are exposed to higher levels of flame retardants than researchers have found in a past study, according to a report released Monday.

These chemicals have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption in animals, and were widespread in baby products and furniture for nearly four decades in...

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California Stem Cell Report
California Stem Cell Appeals: Zika, Parkinson’s and ‘Heart-on-a-Chip’

California Stem Cell Appeals: Zika, Parkinson’s and ‘Heart-on-a-Chip’

Three California researchers are asking the directors of the state's stem cell agency today to reject the decisions of its blue-ribbon scientific reviewers and grant them awards ranging up to $2 million.

The scientists are Alysson Muotri, director of the UC San Diego stem cell program; Birgitt Schuele, director of gene discovery and stem cell...

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About 10% of California Teens Have Used E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

Jul 20, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

About 10 percent of California teenagers have used electronic cigarettes, a rate that is higher than national estimates, according to a new study.

Scientists from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research analyzed data from the 2014 California Health Interview Survey, which interviewed 1,052 adolescents ages 12–17.

The study cites previous research that...

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How uniting kids, elders helps both

Jul 18, 2016
How uniting kids, elders helps both

By Matt Perry

It’s a solution for two problems at once: children desperately need mentors to guide them, and isolated seniors yearn for more connection and meaning.

The growing intergenerational activities movement received a powerful jolt last year when the Los Angeles-based Eisner Foundation sharpened its focus to solely support intergenerational programming.

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California Stem Cell Report
Search for a Diabetes Cure: California Stem Cell Agency Hits $60 Million Mark with ViaCyte


The California stem cell agency next week is slated to award  an additional $4 million to ViaCyte, Inc., a San Diego firm that is working with the agency to develop a "virtual" cure for diabetes.

ViaCyte has already received $56 million over the years from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine(CIRM), as the agency is...

California Stem Cell Report
Text of ViaCyte’s Statement on its New Proposed Diabetes Product

The California Stem Cell Report this morning queried Paul Laikind, the CEO of ViaCyte, Inc., of San Diego, about the company's upcoming $4 million award from the California stem cell agency and the award's relationship to the ViaCyte product known as VC-01. Here is the text of his response.

"ViaCyte is continuing development of VC-01...

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As Undocumented Children Enroll in Medi-Cal, Some Clinics See Uptick in Patients

Jul 14, 2016
As Undocumented Children Enroll in Medi-Cal, Some Clinics See Uptick in Patients

The state is working with health care providers and Medi-Cal managed health plans to prepare for the influx of new patients, Cava said.

However, many clinics contacted by the California Health Report said it’s too soon to tell what the impact of the expansion will be on their patient numbers.

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California Stem Cell Report
$10 Million California Stem Cell Award for Creation of a New ‘Lifeline" for Kidney Disease Patients

$10 Million California Stem Cell Award for Creation of a New ‘Lifeline" for Kidney Disease Patients


A 2014 interview with Laura Niklason, whose firm, Humacyte, will receive a $10 million award from California. The interview was conducted at the Stem Cells Meeting on the Mesa in La Jolla, Ca.

Highlights
$10 million matched by Humacyte
Three clinical trial locations in California
Humacyte raised $150 million last year

The California stem cell agency is set to...

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A letter to James Baldwin because I have some questions about the love thing

A letter to James Baldwin because I have some questions about the love thing

Dear James, You’re dead, but I’m going to talk to you, because I think you may have been wrong, and I don’t know who else to talk to. In 1962, you wrote a letter to your nephew because he was “born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity” that he was a...

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State Budget Includes $5 Million to Allow Those with Food Stamps to Buy More From Farmers’ Markets

Jul 11, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

More Californians who receive food stamps will be able to buy double the fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets after Gov. Jerry Brown approved $5 million in funding for the program as part of the new state budget.

The Market Match program increases amount people with CalFresh benefits are able to spend on...

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