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By Hannah Guzik   What’s the vaccination tipping point for wary parents? Advocates question whether there are gaps in coverage for California kids. Even when medically necessary, children face barriers to epileptic surgery. Health insurers aren’t following law to provide free women’s health services. Can technology help with the caregiver crisis? Almost 40% of...

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How I discovered steelhead fishing during the Vietnam War

May 4, 2015

Writer’s note: In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, I found myself wandering between two worlds: one as a beginning sports editor in the small town of Red Bluff, California, and the other as a draft resister awaiting federal … Continue reading

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Saying No to Teen Dating Violence One Classroom at a Time

May 3, 2015

By Jessica Portner Jessica Corral, an education coordinator with Peace Over Violence, a Los Angeles-based advocacy group, stands in front of a rowdy class of teenagers at San Gabriel High School and draws a “Cycle of Violence” on a white board, a circle that represents a sort of relationship weather map. It goes from...

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California Advocates Seek Information on Children’s Exchange Plans

Apr 30, 2015

By Kellie Schmitt

Pediatric coverage benefits offered through the Affordable Care Act’s exchange plans vary widely across the country – and so far, there is little data to show whether or not these variations are creating gaps in the children’s care here.

The post California Advocates Seek Information on Children’s Exchange Plans appeared first...

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Even When Medically Necessary, Children Face Barriers to Epileptic Surgery, Study Finds

Apr 30, 2015

By Hannah Guzik 

When anti-seizure drugs no longer help, children with epilepsy often need surgery, but a new study has found that they face barriers to treatment and often wait more than a year for the surgery.

The UCLA study found that, on average, children had had seizures for more than five years before they...

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Pushing boundaries by running and writing poetry

Apr 29, 2015

While reflecting on the accomplishments on two very different people recently, I realized that I was close to the midway point in age between the two of them. That means I’m almost as far from 50 as I’m close to … Continue reading

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How cheap and demeaning to select art by gender

Apr 27, 2015
How cheap and demeaning to select art by gender

  Talk about adding insult to injury! First, we have a bunch of fat cats grabbing $2.5 million in public money to inflict their version of art on us; now we have would-be exploiters of the public trust lining up … Continue reading

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Caregiver Crisis: Technology to the Rescue?

Apr 26, 2015

By Matt Perry

Will social networking and technology save the day for one of America’s most intractable social problems — caring for the country’s aging population?

The splashy launch of the San Francisco-based startup Honor — with high-profile backing from tech entrepreneur Mark Andreessen, politicians, and Hollywood celebrities alike — spotlights an issue that is devastating...

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Need to Know

Apr 25, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. By Hannah Guzik Navigating the barriers to care is a challenge for the newly insured. A state bill removing vaccine exemptions clears a key hurdle. Five counties have no providers ...

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The Vaccination Tipping Point

Apr 24, 2015

By Kellie Schmitt

Doctors told Stockton mom Meghan Brenner that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risks of side effects. Still, she couldn’t shake the nagging fear that her child, now 2, could be sickened by the shots. The former teacher, now a stay-at-home mom, knew a study linking vaccines with autism had been debunked....

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