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Obese Kids Often Mistake Symptoms and Overuse Asthma Drugs

Nov 19, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study finds that obese kids with asthma may mistake being breathless for an asthma attack, which can lead to unnecessary use of asthma inhalers. Researchers reviewed data on 58 children with asthma, half obese and half within normal...

Why unemployment is harder for older adults

Nov 18, 2014

By Marty Graham

San Diego area resident Teresa McConnell remembers the seven months of her unemployment clearly.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone any more, I didn’t want to hear myself say I didn’t have a job and watch people pull away,” she said. “I felt sick and ashamed just saying it.”
Instead, the 54-year-old San...

Small Financial Incentives Help Some Low-Income Smokers Quit

Nov 17, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Small financial incentives can double smoking cessation rates among low-income smokers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health last week.

“We wanted to investigate how small and potentially cost-effective financial incentives might help safety net hospital patients quit smoking,” said Darla Kendzor, assistant professor at the University of Texas School...

California Health Report TV – Episode 4

Nov 17, 2014

In this episode we bring you stories from around the state about people improving their lives – and the conditions of their communities.

First 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.

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,...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Berkeley passes soda tax, measure fails in SF

Nov 5, 2014

Berkeley voters on Tuesday became the first in the nation to place a special tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in an attempt to fight the health effects of soda, while across the bay in San Francisco, a similar measure failed to win the two-thirds major...

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