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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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Sacramento’s a great place for questions with no answers

Jan 12, 2015

“How could anyone with a shred of fiscal responsibility agree to hand out city pay hikes of up to 12 percent over the next two years in the face of our coming budget nightmare?” That’s a question posed by Craig … Continue reading

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Basketball, peanut butter and hard choices

Jan 8, 2015

I was eating a peanut butter sandwich on sourdough bread the other day and feeling mildly guilty. I knew full well that whole wheat bread would have been a better choice if I truly wanted to keep my new-year resolution … Continue reading

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Program aims to ease encounters between mental health consumers and law enforcement

Jan 6, 2015

 

By Lynn Graebner
When law enforcement and people experiencing a mental health crisis intersect, it’s often not clear to either of them what they are dealing with or how to proceed. A new program in Butte County seeks to make those encounters safer for everyone.

 

The Butte County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness...

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Adding Insult to Injury: The Tale of the Blue Envelope

Jan 5, 2015

By Matt Perry

Imagine you are an older adult in your 60s or 70s, perhaps even your 80s. You’ve lived a long life of exquisite joy and sorrow. Today, you suffer from diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and a mental health problem like depression or anxiety.

Then, one day in the mail comes...

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My wife tracks down hit-and-run driver

Jan 5, 2015
My wife tracks down hit-and-run driver

  When my wife heard the phone message from neighbor Bill, she decided not to wake me up from my nap. I was sleeping off the effects of three games of pickup basketball at my athletic club. She would go … Continue reading

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