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Drug Labels Aren’t Always Translated, Leading to Dangerous Errors

Jun 25, 2014

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Carolina Paniagua knows what it’s like to live in a world that doesn’t make sense.

When the 42-year-old arrived in the United States from Mexico 17 years ago, like many recent immigrants she spoke no English and struggled to understand even the most basic signs and conversations.

Her lack of English proficiency became particularly...

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Step two on window repair would have helped

Jun 25, 2014
Step two on window repair would have helped

  Last weekend served as a good reminder that I am not a handyman. I was stymied for considerable time on a minor home repair because I wasn’t given complete instructions. Perhaps a native born Californian with fix-it genes in … Continue reading

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Bill Requires Non-Profit Hospitals to Disclose Spending on Charity Care

Jun 24, 2014

By Robin Urevich

California’s more than 200 non-profit hospitals claim billions of dollars in federal and state tax exemptions annually. In exchange for that tax relief, they’re required to offer free and discounted health care for the poor and benefits like free vaccinations or disease prevention programs for their communities.

Non-profits don’t distribute earnings to shareholders...

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Headline on U.S. soccer game is out of bounds

Jun 23, 2014

“RED, WHITE AND BLEW IT.” That was the all-caps headline on the front page on the Sacramento Bee this morning. It was plastered over a picture of  U.S. fans, draped in red, white and blue, looking shocked after Portugal tied … Continue reading

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When the Spirit Moves You… in Later Life

Jun 22, 2014

By Matt Perry

Sex scandals in the Catholic Church. Nativity scenes nixed during Christmas holidays. God kicked out of schools.

In American culture, God is taking one hell of a beating.

At the same time, the nation’s hunger for divine connection – especially among older adults – has never been higher.

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An occasional ‘thank you’ to customers might have kept Capital Nursery in business

Jun 19, 2014

As I was driving along Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento yesterday, I passed the blocklong ghost of Capital Nursery. The once-thriving showcase that had provided beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs for local gardens since 1936 went out of business in 2012. … Continue reading

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California Improves its Long-Term Supports – Improvements Still Needed

Jun 18, 2014

By Matt Perry

California’s support systems for older adults, the disabled, and their family caregivers have improved in recent years and now rank among the top ten states in the nation, according to a scorecard released Thursday.

Yet while the state came in ninth overall – with substantial improvements in many areas – its high ranking...

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Charter Schools May Affect Quality of Education for Disabled Students

Jun 17, 2014

By Robin Urevich

Charter schools — public schools run by parents, teachers and others largely free of state and local regulations — were designed to provide competition for traditional public schools, forcing them to improve, or lose students.

But The schools’ detractors argue that charters sometimes look better on paper than they are in reality.

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Innovation Programs Aim to Improve Care for Seniors and the Poor, But Are the Results Reliable?

Jun 17, 2014

By Genevieve Bookwalter Donald Vidal has had both of his knees replaced, but the 85-year-old Novato resident experienced different levels of care with each procedure. Although the same surgeon performed both operations, during the second one Vidal was ...

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Biodynamic Farming Grows in California

Jun 16, 2014

By Lisa Renner Described as a “spiritual-ethical-ecological” approach to agriculture by the Biodynamic Association, biodynamics goes much further than organic farming. Under the rules of the biodynamic-certifying agency the Demeter Association, the farms must not only eliminate synthetic chemicals, but they must be as self-sustaining as possible, grow a variety of crops and incorporate...

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