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Maternal Mortality Has Declined in California, But Disparities Persist

Jun 30, 2016

 

By Hannah Guzik

 

California women are significantly less likely to die from childbirth complications than mothers nationwide, but racial disparities persist, according to a new report.

There were 7.3 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in California in 2013, according to the California Health Care Foundation report released Wednesday.

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California Stem Cell Report
California Stem Cell Hooha: Testy Media Exchange Triggered by Criticism of the State’s Agency

A sharp exchange erupted this week on a mainstream California media site after the state's $3 billion stem cell agency was taken to task for lobbying the federal government to ease its regulation of research on stem cell therapies.

The flap involved allegations of lies and questionable motives. Along the way certain death was...

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Chronic Funding Shortfalls Frustrate County Coroners

Jun 27, 2016
Chronic Funding Shortfalls Frustrate County Coroners

Boxes of human blood await toxicological examination in a laboratory at the Los Angeles County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s office. According to former coroner Mark Fajardo, inadequate funding and staffing for his department led to a nine-month backlog on such tests. In April, Fajardo quit in protest. Photo: Chris Richard.

By Chris Richard

In a refrigerated crypt...

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California Stem Cell Report
The Case of the FDA’s $330,000 Stem Cell Pigs

The Case of the FDA’s $330,000 Stem Cell Pigs

Judy Roberson at podium, Bob Klein, former chairman of the California stem cell agency at left, Claire Pomeroy, formerUC Davis vice chancellor and agency director at right. UC Davis photoJudy Roberson is a registered nurse from Sacramento, Ca., who has...

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California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

Jun 26, 2016
California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

By Robin Urevich

Climate change is global, but local governments are both the biggest source of the world’s carbon emissions and the first line of defense against its effects. The United Nations Environment Program reports that 75 percent of the world’s carbon emissions come from urban areas. Now, more and more cities and counties are...

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California Stem Cell Report
California’s Battle for Easing Regulation of Stem Cells Attracts Global Notice

California’s Battle for Easing Regulation of Stem Cells Attracts Global Notice

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CIRM CEO Mills mentioned
FDA regulation/Regrow co-mingled
A tale of dubious stem cell treatments

California's $3 billion, 11-year-old effort to produce a stem cell therapy -- largely ignored by the mainstream media -- broke into global cyberspace today in a reasonably significant way.

The agency was featured in a piece on Buzzfeed, an online news operation that has...

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Children’s Health Access Improving in California, Researchers Say

Jun 24, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California has improved access to health care for children in recent years, but still lags behind many other states in terms of the overall well-being of kids, a new report finds.

A nationwide ranking system by two children’s groups says California comes in 38th for well-being for kids.

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California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

Jun 24, 2016
California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

By Hannah Guzik

On June 15, the state legislature voted to spend $5 million to create a gun violence research center, which will work to understand the public health problem in the hopes of preventing deaths. It will be the first center of its kind in the country.

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California Stem Cell Report
Stem Cells, Long Odds and the ‘Invisible Hand of Hype’

Stem Cells, Long Odds and the ‘Invisible Hand of Hype’

The headline on the California story pretty much told it all: "Stem Cells: Where Science, Hope and Hype Meet."

It could have added that it is also a meeting place for Big Pharma, Big Academia and Big Politics.

All of those yeasty ingredients are embodied in the $3 billion California stem cell agency, which is plugging...

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Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

Jun 21, 2016
Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

By Matt Perry

With Latinos now the largest ethnic population in California, the spotlight on Latino aging is shining ever brighter, and with it exposure to a topic rarely discussed: worsening rates of cognitive decline.

Latinos suffer from dementia at rates 1.5 times higher than whites, but not because of genetic makeup.

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