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Get bikes off city sidewalks

Aug 18, 2014

Imagine this scenario: A guy’s walking on a crowded Sacramento sidewalk and decides to take a leak. He does his business and splashes a few pedestrians in the process. When a cop confronts him, the guy says he has a … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara Joins Forces to Train Dementia Caregivers

Aug 18, 2014

By Matt Perry

Call it “disaster planning.”

With rates of dementia expected to reach epidemic proportions as an aging American populous lives longer, a Southern California city has formed an impressive coalition of business leaders, educators, foundations and long-term care settings to help train the next generation of caregivers.

Santa Barbara City College is launching...

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Lake County Tribal Health Consortium tackles worst health outcomes in the state

Aug 18, 2014

By Ariana Reguzzoni

In a 2013 study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, Lake County in California was ranked the lowest in the state for “health outcomes.” This means that length of life and quality of life are lowest, at least according to a person’s physical health. The Lake County Tribal Health Consortium, a federally...

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New York Outpaces California in Reducing Black/White Life Expectancy Gap

Aug 15, 2014

By Fran Kritz A new study by researchers at McGill University finds that more needs to be done to reduce the wide variability among U.S. states in life expectancy between blacks and whites. While racial differences in longevity have dropped across the ...

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Fields of Fear

Aug 15, 2014

By Lily Dayton When Maricruz Ladino started a job at a Salinas lettuce packing plant in 2005, her supervisor began making sexual advances, insinuating that if she didn’t succumb to his sexual demands he would fire her. Then, one day the supervisor drove her to an isolated field—supposedly to inspect the crops. Instead, Ladino says,...

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Legislative Committee Orders Audit of Medi-Cal Directories After Reports of Inaccuracies

Aug 14, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

A state legislative committee ordered an audit Thursday of provider directories that are given to people in California’s low-income health program, after reports of major inaccuracies.

The state audit, proposed by Sen. Ricardo Lara, will examine the managed-care directories, whether they list enough doctors who are accepting new patients and whether state regulators...

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The choice Robin Williams made

Aug 14, 2014
The choice Robin Williams made

“As the one guy at the suicide hotline said, life isn’t for everybody.” – Robin Williams, in a 2006 interview with Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” It’s a sad thing when a man who has provided so many people with humor … Continue reading

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Peer respites for mental health consumers prevent hospitalizations

Aug 12, 2014

By Lynn Graebner

As people with mental health crises overwhelm California’s hospitals, jails and homeless shelters, counties across the state are gradually embracing residential respite houses located in neighborhoods and staffed by peers — people who have been consumers of the mental health system.

For people on the verge of a crisis, staying at a peer-run...

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Study Suggests How Good Bacteria Gets Into Babies’ Guts

Aug 12, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a pattern to bacteria development in the GI tracks of babies, a finding that may improve the health of preemies.

“Your earliest gut microbes probably have lifelong consequences, but we know very little about how these microbial communities assemble,” explains...

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Torture make you squeamish? Just call it something else

Aug 11, 2014

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” ― George Orwell The above quote comes from George’s Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language,” and I came … Continue reading

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