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Over Half of Seniors with Serious Memory Loss or Dementia Have Never Been Tested

Dec 11, 2014

By Fran Kritz More than half of seniors with memory loss or dementia have never been tested for either condition, according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan. The researchers say that their study can be extrapolated to show that a...

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Saving Lives By Keeping Seniors on Their Toes

Dec 11, 2014

By Linda Childers With the aging Baby Boomer generation set to change the face of health care as we know it, hospitals across the country have begun preparing for the influx of older patients by looking at ways to improve both care and outcomes for sen...

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Should players accept tainted victory?

Dec 11, 2014

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Bernard Jones this morning rejected a move to put the Oklahoma state high school football playoffs on hold and allow the replaying of a disputed quarterfinal game. The controversy, as I wrote yesterday, arose when … Continue reading

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Is court the remedy for refs’ blunder in high school game?

Dec 10, 2014

Here’s the messy situation: Referees in a quarterfinal game of the Oklahoma state football playoffs misinterpreted a rule and invalidated a go-ahead touchdown with 64 seconds left to play, costing an Oklahoma City high school team its shot at playing in … Continue reading

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Talk Therapy Helps Reduce Suicide Risk

Dec 8, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide dropped by 25 percent in a study of Danish people who had six to ten psychosocial counseling sessions after a suicide attempt.

“We know that people who have attempted suicide are a high-risk population and that we need to help them.

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Active Aging: Living Better Together

Dec 8, 2014

 

By Matt Perry
When 64 year-old Bob Branstrom thought he was having a stroke, he walked the few feet to his senior cohousing neighbor, who then called a nearby pediatrician, who then called 911. Together, his neighbors ensured his safety and comfort, even taking him books and toiletries if needed for an overnight hospital stay.

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The Bee should reflect on its own Vietnam War role

Dec 8, 2014

After stirring up Vietnam War memories for the past two weeks, the Sacramento Bee discovered that “the wounds of the Vietnam War, though it ended almost 40 years ago, still seem raw.” I read that line in an editor’s note … Continue reading

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Watsonville program fights childhood obesity with youth leadership

Dec 8, 2014

By Mary Flynn
In this story we go to the agriculturally rich area of Watsonville — where more than 49 percent of children living there are obese or overweight.

In the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than doubled in the US.

And kids who are obese are likely to become adults who are obese with...

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What do you say to a guy who spits in the communal shower?

Dec 3, 2014

Some people have a gift for resolving minor irritations with tact and humor. I wish I had their deft touch. I tend to let annoyances build up until I either retreat or overreact. A friendly observer once told me that … Continue reading

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Hospital-based Programs Break Cycle of Violent Injury

Dec 2, 2014

 

By Lynn Graebner

Victims of stabbings and shootings, usually gang-related, are often followed to the hospital by friends and relatives planning retaliation on behalf of the victim.

Retaliatory violence creates a vicious cycle, revealed starkly in hospital statistics. Within five years, 17 to 20 percent of victims will be readmitted to the hospital and won’t...

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