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$40 Million California Stem Cell Genomics Agreement Signed; A Checkered Past

Aug 11, 2014

The California stem cell agency and a Stanford-led consortium have reached agreement on a $40 million stem cell genomics project that triggered complaints about irregularities, unfairness, score manipulation and the role of its then president, Alan Trounson.


The agreement was concluded last month with Stanford, UC Santa Cruz and the Salk Institute in La Jolla,...

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East Oakland childcare program cares for children and parents

Aug 11, 2014

By Mary Flynn

Experts say that the first five years of a child’s life will greatly impact their educational, social and economic futures.
However, California’s children of color – particularly African American and Latino children – suffer significant gaps when it comes to those early opportunities such as access to preschool.

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UCSF Team Works to Meet Physical Care Needs of Mental Health Patients

Aug 7, 2014

By Linda Childers

A cutting-edge program run through the UC San Francisco School of Nursing is helping people with mental illness better manage all of their health needs.

Sheila* is a single, homeless woman in her 40’s with a long history of bipolar affective disorder, complicated at times by substance abuse and periods of homelessness.

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Huge Increase in Cases Handled by Medi-Cal Complaint Office This Year

Aug 7, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

The California office that handles complaints from people in the state’s low-income health program has seen its monthly caseload increase by 82 percent this year compared to 2013.

The Department of Health Care Services operates Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The department’s Managed Care Ombudsman Office responds to complaints from Medi-Cal enrollees.

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Having More than One Chronic Condition Cuts Short Life Expectancy

Aug 7, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that the more ailments a person has after retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy.

“Living with multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart failure is now the norm and not the exception in the...

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Despite Regulations, Low-Income Californians With Learning Disabilities Often Fall Through the Cracks

Aug 6, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Shortly after she began participating in California’s Welfare-to-Work program, Michele Marino began to think she was going crazy.

The single mother had just enrolled in a government cash-assistance program to help support herself and her two young sons, while she searched for a job and took classes at a community college.

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Children with Incarcerated Family Members Suffer Health Problems Later in Life

Aug 6, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study finds that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18 percent greater risk of experiencing poor health quality later in life than adults who did not have a family member sent to prison. The fi...

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California Stem Cell Report
Another Perspective on the Trounson Flap: Columnist Lists It as Example of ‘Possible Corruption’

The $3 billion California stem cell agency was mixed up with some bad company this week – part of the fallout from last month’s Trounson Affair. 


The agency was lumped together with some ne’er-do-wells in a column in California newspapers that was headlined:

“California state government awash in corruption, conflict of interest”
The piece was...

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Many Young Men Now Have Insurance, But Will They See a Doctor?

Aug 4, 2014

By Amy DePaul

Twenty-one-year-old Albert is a self-described transient who picks up odd jobs whenever possible. On this day in mid-July, he’s waiting to be picked up for day labor in Santa Ana.

Albert has a black spot on his foot that he knows could signal diabetes, an illness that runs in his family and forced...

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Covered Ca sees 4.2% average rate hike in 2015

Aug 4, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

In the first full year under the federal Affordable Care Act, California led the nation – embracing the new law eagerly, implementing it quickly, and providing relatively robust choice with low premiums through a web site that, most of the time, actually worked.

There was nothing in Thursday’s announcement about the early...

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