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Sharing her story of mental illness

May 26, 2015

 By Daniel Weintraub

Elyn Saks has a story like one that millions of people hide from their friends, their co-workers and even their families. But she wants the world to know about it.

Saks suffers from a serious mental disorder. She has schizophrenia. “Everything about my past says I shouldn’t be here,” Saks says.

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No More “Terrible Choice”? Palliative Care on the Rise

May 26, 2015

By Matt Perry

It’s been called “The terrible choice” for the seriously ill. Choose hospice and imminent death… or treatment in hopes of a cure.

But not both.

That’s the choice many patients must make when faced with advanced serious illness. Those who choose to pursue a cure often go without palliative care, which provides the kind...

Seniors turn to Tai Chi to improve wellness

May 21, 2015

In this story we go to Oakland where we spoke with seniors experiencing the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that many now turn to for exercise. Research shows that Tai...

California Nursing Homes Split on Quality

May 20, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Among states with the largest numbers of seniors, California leads the nation in having the most high quality nursing homes, according to a new report.

But the state also has a large number of nursing homes that scored poorly on a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services quality rating system, the...

His Aim is True

May 18, 2015

By Leah Bartos

An ER Doc Tackles America’s Gun Problem

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Need to Know

May 17, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik 

Walking the beat to safety from gang violence in Cypress Park.

What happens when victims of community violence leave the hospital?

Denti-Cal cuts have resulted in a spike in ER visits.

Hospital networks are smaller in Covered California...

Happier at 100 than 10

May 15, 2015

By Matt Perry

When does old age begin?

At 46. Or 87. Depending on whom you ask.

That’s the latest from UnitedHealthcare’s annual survey of centenarians – those who have reached 100 — which offers some fascinating insights into the aging process with the help of this year’s additional survey group: 10 year-olds.

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Hospital Networks Smaller in Covered California Plans, But Quality Comparable

May 13, 2015

By Hannah Guzik 

Covered California health plans offer smaller hospital networks than commercial plans, a recent study reports.

The research backs up the claims of many enrollees who say their Covered California plans have narrow networks. However, the researchers add, the state marketplace plans still offer about the same level of geographic access to hospitals...

Need to Know

May 13, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik 

Saying no to teen dating violence, one classroom at a time.

State senators discuss how to end child poverty.

Bill would require prescription translations, preventing dangerous errors.

California debates extending health coverage to undocumented immigrants.

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Salinas Valley Project Helps Residents Access Clean Drinking Water

May 11, 2015

By Lynn Graebner Thousands of residents in rural disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley may soon have help avoiding drinking water from domestic wells and small water systems contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrate. A grass roots pilot ...

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