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Jenesse Center Offers Shelter from the Storm

Sep 8, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson

Chanel, a petite African American woman with sleek hair and hazel eyes, trembles as she remembers the last time her husband beat her. He struck her with one chair and then another. “They broke on my body as I tried to hide my face…. When I went to the hospital, I...

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Sexual Violence Prevention Team Trains Agricultural Workers

Sep 4, 2014

By Lily Dayton

In the foothills of the Pajaro Valley, dozens of nursery workers dressed in jeans and work boots file into a warehouse. It’s just past lunchtime on a weekday. Normally the workers would be heading back to the white-tented greenhouses to tend to the broccoli, chard and kale shoots that grow from nursery...

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Deciphering Electronic Lab Results a Challenge for Some Patients

Sep 4, 2014

By Fran Kritz Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that some people, particularly those with poor number and health literacy skills, may not be able to understand the numbers on lab reports, or what steps may be needed as a result of th...

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Reading Your Doctor’s Notes

Sep 3, 2014

By Kellie Schmitt

Patients across California now have easier access to their medication lists, lab results, upcoming appointments and messaging through secure online systems. But one key aspect of the medical record is not typically available online: the candid notes a physician writes about you during and after an appointment.

Those notes are part of a...

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Motorcycling gets a sex change

Sep 3, 2014
Motorcycling gets a sex change

I’m 0 for 3 on my sex stereotyping lately. Three times in the past week I’ve been irritated by drivers cutting in and out of traffic lanes, tailgating and driving too fast on local streets. And three times, I assumed … Continue reading

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Online Access to Doctors Encourages Patients to Seek Care

Sep 2, 2014

By Kellie Schmitt

Bay Area resident Mark Bloomquist, 33, hadn’t had a relationship with a primary care physician in more than a decade.

Waiting on hold to make appointments and juggling callbacks for physician advice or lab results seemed like too much hassle. When Bloomquist needed medical care – which he often did as an avid...

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Some California Schools Make Breakfast the First Lesson of the Day

Sep 2, 2014

By Linda Childers

When Ross McGowan and his team of volunteers enter one of the classrooms at Healdsburg Elementary School, the students cheer excitedly. Their enthusiastic response isn’t because they remember McGowan from his thirty-plus years in Bay Area television, but rather because he comes bearing food.

After retiring from television in 2009, McGowan, the affable...

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The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

Sep 2, 2014

By Matt Perry

These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants.

And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

With stressed savings accounts, Americans who are both healthy or needing assistance are looking to stretch their retirement dollars as far...

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Have you planned your exit strategy from life?

Sep 2, 2014

“Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground” was the front-page headline in the New York Times Sunday. The accompanying story suggested that Medicare may start reimbursing doctors next year to have end-of-life talks with their patients. Five years ago, the subject … Continue reading

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Easy Online Access Changes Doctor-Patient Relationships

Sep 1, 2014

By Kellie Schmitt

The days of waiting on hold and playing phone tag with the doctor’s office are diminishing for patients across the state and nation as more and more health providers implement patient portals.

These interactive sites, which allow patients to message physicians, refill prescriptions and schedule appointments online, are bringing medical interactions into the...

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