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Finding Humor – and Wisdom – in Aging

Oct 13, 2014

By Matt Perry

When actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at age 63, the tragedy traumatized fans worldwide who wondered how someone so famous – and so funny – could pull the plug on a legendary life and career.

It also spotlighted the vicissitudes of aging. Besides Williams’ recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s...

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From fungicide to organic – Richmond farmer changes approach and passes on new techniques

Oct 13, 2014

By Veronica Moscoso
In this story 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. Reber is now partnering with local non-profits to teach youth about organic farming methods.

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California Health Report TV – Episode 3

Oct 13, 2014

For this episode we gathered inspirational personal stories with broader community implications from around the state.

First we go to Concord, where Alex Chavez had gained so much weight that he felt helpless to do anything to improve his health. Then he learned about Cooking Matters– a cooking class that makes a healthy lifestyle affordable.

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Living Near a Highway May Increase High Blood Pressure Risk for Older Adults

Oct 10, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at Brown University finds that living near a highway may increase the risk for high blood pressure.

The researchers reviewed data from the Women’s Health Initiative, a long term study funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, on 5,400 post-menopausal women in San Diego.

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California Stem Cell Report
Prieto: Cost of Stem Cell Therapy Could Be ‘Pretty Good Bargain’

One of the directors of the $3 billion California stem cell agency this week commented on the likelihood of very high costs for therapies that the agency and others are pursuing.


Francisco Prieto, a Sacramento, Ca., physician who has been on the agency’s governing board since 2004, was responding in connection with this Oct....

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Rosy Outlooks, Stem Cell Therapy and Stunning Costs

It is nearly day three of the Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa in San Diego, and the word that cannot be uttered has been heard: Expensive!


At least that’s what Bradley Fikes of the San Diego U-T has reported. Earlier this week, he was at the gathering of roughly 700 scientists, business people...

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Twenty-six Nominated for 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award

A distinguished list of nominees was revealed today for the Stem Cell Person of the Year award, whose cash prize has doubled from last year.  

The contest is the brainchild of UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler, who boosted the award from $1,000 to $2,000 this year, all of which comes out his...

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Interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley

Oct 6, 2014

California Health and Human Services Secretary, Diana Dooley leads 13 departments and is the chairwoman of Covered California, the new agency that’s implementing the affordable care act in California. But this interview between Daniel Weintraub, California Health Report Editor-in-Chief and California’s top health official, Dooley,  isn’t about health care, it’s about health – and...

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Project to Reduce Obesity Nationwide Starts With Kids in Imperial County

Oct 5, 2014

By Lisa Renner

Children love pulling fresh carrots out of the garden or picking berries off a bush. It’s fun to eat food they have grown themselves.

The Imperial County Childhood Obesity Project is funding community and school gardens in hopes that kids who enjoy gardening will eat more fruits and vegetables, and ultimately slim down.

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Expanded Covered California Dental Coverage Could Pose Access Problems

Oct 2, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Beginning Jan. 1, all individual Covered California health plans will include dental coverage for children in the family 18 and younger, a move that state officials hope will result in tens of thousands of kids getting oral health care.

While children’s advocates applaud expanding the coverage, they caution that there already aren’t enough...

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