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The joy of calling Macy’s about a phishing scam

Jan 19, 2015

Perhaps Macy’s executives are more annoyed than I am. Phishing con artists have been using the same 800 telephone number to impersonate Macy’s credit department staff for at least seven years, my modest probe discovered.  I’ve been trying to figure … Continue reading

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Not Crazy, Not Bad: The Aging Gurus of Mental Health

Jan 18, 2015

By Matt Perry

A visit to most long-term care facilities – a nursing home or assisted living facility – quickly reveals who wields the sword of control. Managers dispense orders to staff. Then able-bodied caregivers roam floors full of seniors compromised in either mind or body.

And frail residents dutifully follow the...

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Sacramento’s heritage tree ordinance complicates pruning process

Jan 15, 2015
Sacramento’s heritage tree ordinance complicates pruning process

I try to be a good neighbor and maintain the positive feelings that generally prevail in my Land Park neighborhood in Sacramento. Most folks are friendly and cooperative. I view the hit-and-run incident I described last week as an aberration, … Continue reading

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Left Behind by the Affordable Care Act

Jan 15, 2015

By Lily Dayton

Santa Cruz resident Dominga Sarabia* began to itch after taking the antibiotics a doctor prescribed to treat her ulcer. Her skin prickled with hives, and her hands, face and throat swelled until she feared she wouldn’t be able to breathe. She headed to a nearby emergency room, where doctors attended to her...

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A Return to Roots

Jan 15, 2015

Excluded from the Affordable Care Act, Farmworkers Grow Emotional Health Together

By Hannah Guzik

A group of 13 women sit in a circle under a painting of ancient Mesoamerica featuring the first indigenous president of Mexico, Benito Juárez. Under the painting is a quote by Juárez, in Spanish. Translated, it reads, “Among individuals, as among nations,...

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Study: Schedule Recess before Lunch to Get Kids to Eat their Fruits and Vegetables

Jan 14, 2015

By Fran Kritz A study by researchers at Brigham Young and Cornell University offers a recommendation for getting kids at school to eat more fruits and vegetables: schedule recess before lunch. Students who participate in the National School Lunch Progr...

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Little Changes Seen in Fast Food Portion Sizes Since 1996

Jan 13, 2015

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University shows portion sizes of fast foods did not change much between 1996 and 2013. The USDA researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of cheeseburgers, french fries, cola beverages and...

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Doctor Visits May not Provide Enough Information on a Child to Prompt a Needed Autism Referral

Jan 13, 2015

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers at Brigham Young University finds that many pediatric checkups don’t provide enough information about the children being examined to determine that a child is autistic. According to the researchers, during such a short window many children show mostly typical behavior and so may not get a referral...

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State Illegally Restricting Welfare For Domestic Violence Survivors, Lawsuit Alleges

Jan 13, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

After Velma M. left her abusive partner — afraid the violence would put her in the hospital — she and her four children became homeless.

But, had a state welfare policy been implemented the way the legislature intended, Velma M. would have received more aid, possibly preventing the family from becoming homeless, said...

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Innovative program helps low-income seniors live independently longer

Jan 12, 2015

By Mary Flynn By 2050, one fifth of the US population will be 65 years or older. As the aging population continues to rise, poverty, hunger, and the need for long term care are just some of the issues they increasingly face. Particularly in Silicon Val...

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