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When you benefit from luck, share the wealth

May 4, 2016

Years ago, I interviewed a young Vietnamese immigrant who was headed off to a prestigious university. She had racked up all kinds of high school honors and won an academic scholarship that would pay her way through all four years … Continue reading

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Denti-Cal Program is Failing Children, But Improvements are Underway

Denti-Cal Program is Failing Children, But Improvements are Underway

Families likely aren’t taking advantage of their Denti-Cal benefits because it’s difficult to find a dentist who will accept them. Many dentists want nothing to do with Denti-Cal because it offers low reimbursement rates and comes with onerous administrative rules.

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Shelters, Clinics Work Together to Help Domestic Violence Victims

May 2, 2016
Shelters, Clinics Work Together to Help Domestic Violence Victims

“So many people won’t walk through our doors because they’re afraid,” says Jesse Torrey, associate director of RISE, an agency that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in San Luis Obispo County. “But they will go to the doctor to get a check-up.” Photo: File/Thinkstock

By Lily Dayton

“Ask me,” begs Paula Spencer,...

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New RX for Kids: Get Outside and Move

New RX for Kids: Get Outside and Move

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lisa Renner

It’s not often that 7-year-old Joseph gets to play in the water, but the wheelchair-bound boy had a great time doing just that on a trip to Crab Cove at Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda.

“I got to go swimming!” he said excitedly about the experience.

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A First: Ethnic Results for Medicare

 

by Matt Perry

For the first time, the federal office that oversees Medicare has released quality data broken down by ethnic lines, revealing disparities in care by racial group.

Overall, care received by Asians and Pacific Islanders was about the same as that for Whites. Yet other ethnic groups did not fare as well.

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Sacramento seeks to cherry-pick voters for proposed trolley project

May 2, 2016

Imagine living in a Sacramento where so-called “leaders” don’t try to thwart the public will, don’t believe taxpayer money belongs to those who can grab it any way they can and don’t hop aboard half-baked financing schemes. I know, that’s … Continue reading

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Mental Health Care Lacking for California Veterans

Apr 28, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

More than three quarters of male California veterans who needed mental health care between 2011 and 2013 didn’t get adequate treatment, a new study reports.

Researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research also found that, contrary to popular belief, veterans didn’t report having more mental health problems than the general...

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Add some years to your life with upbeat thinking

Apr 27, 2016
Add some years to your life with upbeat thinking

If you hate the thought of getting old, you may be shortening your life. That’s the conclusion of researchers from Yale and Miami universities. Their study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging, measured up to 23 … Continue reading

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A Key to Health Equity in California is Diverse Physicians

Apr 26, 2016

 

By Dr. David M. Carlisle

In California and across the nation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought historic increases in coverage to people that have long been left out of the health care system, namely communities of color. Nearly 2 million African Americans and 4.2 million Latinos gained health insurance.

With this expanded population able to get preventive care, they...

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Seeing the Light: Caring for Elder Patients

Apr 25, 2016
Seeing the Light: Caring for Elder Patients

 

 

 

 

 

By Matt Perry

Travis Eckard readily admits he had little understanding of how older adults were cared for at his very own medical center.

“You know the biggest surprise?” asks Eckard, a physical therapist. “The lack of attention they got. Our capacity to serve this population was very small.”

That was five years ago.

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