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Maternal Mortality Has Declined in California, But Disparities Persist

Jun 30, 2016

 

By Hannah Guzik

 

California women are significantly less likely to die from childbirth complications than mothers nationwide, but racial disparities persist, according to a new report.

There were 7.3 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in California in 2013, according to the California Health Care Foundation report released Wednesday.

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Shadow of massacre hangs over U.S.-backed university in Vietnam

Jun 29, 2016

Should a former Navy SEAL implicated in a massacre of civilians in a Vietnamese village be appointed to head a major American-sponsored university in that country? Fans of redemption narratives seem inspired by the recent appointment of former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey … Continue reading

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Chronic Funding Shortfalls Frustrate County Coroners

Jun 27, 2016
Chronic Funding Shortfalls Frustrate County Coroners

Boxes of human blood await toxicological examination in a laboratory at the Los Angeles County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s office. According to former coroner Mark Fajardo, inadequate funding and staffing for his department led to a nine-month backlog on such tests. In April, Fajardo quit in protest. Photo: Chris Richard.

By Chris Richard

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West Sacramento honors hometown boxing great Joey Lopes

Jun 27, 2016
West Sacramento honors hometown boxing great Joey Lopes

I went to the official opening of the Joseph “Joey” Lopes Park in West Sacramento last Friday. A couple of hundred people attended the upbeat ceremony to celebrate the years-long effort to create a 4-acre park off West Capitol Avenue … Continue reading

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California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

Jun 26, 2016
California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

By Robin Urevich

Climate change is global, but local governments are both the biggest source of the world’s carbon emissions and the first line of defense against its effects. The United Nations Environment Program reports that 75 percent of the world’s carbon emissions come from urban areas. Now, more and more cities and counties are...

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Children’s Health Access Improving in California, Researchers Say

Jun 24, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California has improved access to health care for children in recent years, but still lags behind many other states in terms of the overall well-being of kids, a new report finds.

A nationwide ranking system by two children’s groups says California comes in 38th for well-being for kids.

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California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

Jun 24, 2016
California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

By Hannah Guzik

On June 15, the state legislature voted to spend $5 million to create a gun violence research center, which will work to understand the public health problem in the hopes of preventing deaths. It will be the first center of its kind in the country.

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Huge culvert crossing under bike trail should help salmon stranded during floods

Jun 23, 2016
Huge culvert crossing under bike trail should help salmon stranded during floods

Despite being a pessimistic observer of the salmon and steelhead decline in Northern California, I find my spirits lifted by a protection project going on close to home. Let’s call it a tiny light at the end of a tunnel … Continue reading

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Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

Jun 21, 2016
Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

By Matt Perry

With Latinos now the largest ethnic population in California, the spotlight on Latino aging is shining ever brighter, and with it exposure to a topic rarely discussed: worsening rates of cognitive decline.

Latinos suffer from dementia at rates 1.5 times higher than whites, but not because of genetic makeup.

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Rising Rate of STD Infection in California Troubles Public Health Officials

Jun 21, 2016
Rising Rate of STD Infection in California Troubles Public Health Officials

By Kit Stolz

The rates of the most common sexually transmitted diseases – chlamydia and gonorrhea – have risen over the last five years in California, particularly among men, and particularly in the case of gonorrhea, and even in counties that have made a concerted effort to reduce the number of infections.

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