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California Stem Cell Report
A CIRM Performance Perspective from Chief Staff Person on Oversight Panel

Here are comments from Ruth Holton-Hodson, who was the chief staff person on the only state body charged with overseeing the California stem cell agency, on the 10th anniversary of the program.


She worked for State Controller John Chiang, who is the chairman of the Citizens Financial Accountability and Oversight Committee. The committee was created...

California Stem Cell Report
Patient Advocate Roman Reed on Stem Cell Agency Record

Patient Advocate Roman Reed on Stem Cell Agency Record

Roman Reed on right at stem cell agency news event. Former
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on left and Don
Reed, Roman's father is in the center.
Associated Press photo

Roman Reed, the patient advocate who came up with the motto of the California stem cell agency, was asked for a brief comment...

HealthyCal.org
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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California Stem Cell Report
Venture Capitalist Kathy LaPorte Named to California Stem Cell Agency Board

Venture Capitalist Kathy LaPorte Named to California Stem Cell Agency Board

The venture capital world has a “stunning lack of female decision-makers” but the $3 billion California stem cell agency has snagged one for its board of directors.


Kathy LaPorte
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She is Kathy LaPorte, who is a founding partner of New Leaf Venture Partners of San Mateo,...

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National Preterm Birthrate Gets a C, but California Gets an A

Nov 10, 2014

By Fran Kritz Preterm births are at their lowest rates in seventeen years, accounting for 11.4 percent of all births nationally in 2013, according to a new report from the March of Dimes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not expect ...

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California Stem Cell Report
BS and Ebola, Hype and Stem Cells

Hyperbole surrounding both stem cells and Ebola research has surfaced recently with cautionary notes concerning the damage it can do to the reputation of researchers and science.


Just last week UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepflertook up the matter in a piece headlined “The Cheating Death Excitation.” Over on the Pacific Standard...

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Long-Term Care Reform: America Stands Alone

Nov 10, 2014

By Matt Perry

With the average American life expectancy now reaching 78, a solution to the long-term care crisis is vital, yet faces the brutal headwinds of economic reality and political stridency.

 

Since the United Kingdom passed reforms that take effect in 2016, the United States remains the one major developed country that has not tackled...

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HealthyCal.org
Interview with Dr. Ashby Wolfe

Nov 10, 2014

California Health Report Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Weintraub interviews Dr. Ashby Wolfe. Wolfe is an expert on the connection between land use policy and health. She has a family practice in Oakland and also works to advocate for policy changes that prom...

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Study: Millions of Californians have Higher Risk of Disease Following Childhood Adversity

Nov 7, 2014

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

One in six Californians has experienced significant trauma in childhood – and enough stress to put their long-term health at risk, according to a study released yesterday.

The study, “A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California,” was issued by the Center for Youth Wellness in partnership with the non-profit...

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Sue Wilson Reports
Upcoming FCC decision will determine your Internet speed

Nov 7, 2014


November 4, 2014

   You’re enjoying your weekend java, wanting to learn what happened at last week’s school board meeting. Your local newspaper doesn’t cover that beat, but a local blogger does a good job, so you try to pull his site up on...

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