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ACA subsidies: $2 billion for California

Mar 27, 2014

Forty percent of Californians eligible for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act had signed up for coverage by March 1, a level of participation that will translate into more than $2 billion in tax credits for those consumers over the next ye...

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Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

Mar 26, 2014

By Callie Shanafelt Doctor Paul Glassman has spent his 40-year dentistry career looking for ways to make going to the dentist more affordable and accessible.  As technology has evolved, so have his strategies. Glassman and his team at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry think they’ve found a way to serve millions more...

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Most in Need Have Least Access to Doctors in California

Mar 26, 2014

By Hannah Guzik Where you live in California may determine how easy it is for you to see a doctor. Those most in need of health care have the least access, according to a report released Wednesday by the California HealthCare Foundation. In the Bay Are...

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Salty Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease in Obese Teens

Mar 26, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.

Previous studies have shown that protective ends on chromosomes, called telomeres, naturally shorten with age, but the process...

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Medicare Extends Mental Health Benefits; Patients Find Doctor Shortage

Mar 25, 2014

By Alisha Wyman

Medicare coverage for outpatient mental health care is now in line with medical coverage, thanks to a law that closed the gap as of Jan. 1.

Experts say it’s a step in dispelling long-standing disparities between the two, but the change addresses only one of many hurdles in providing seniors with adequate...

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Teen Dating Violence Common for both Boys and Girls

Mar 24, 2014

By Lily Dayton Teen dating violence has become a widespread occurrence. One in three American youths between the ages of 14 and 20 reports they’ve been victims of physical, sexual or psychological abuse within a dating relationship, according to findings that researcher Michelle Ybarra presented last year at the American Psychological Association annual convention. Almost...

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U.S. TB Cases Decrease Overall but Continue Among Some Minorities and Some Foreign Immigrants

Mar 24, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Today is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day which marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause TB.

The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but can also attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain.

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Boundaries between kids, adults get blurred at the club

Mar 24, 2014

When parents bring children to a social gathering intended for adults, it can cause tension. Sure, you want to be accepting of family life, but the presence of kids changes the social dynamics. You don’t want to seem selfish or … Continue reading

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Fatherhood Program Hopes to Make a Difference in Merced County

Mar 24, 2014

Like many men, Cesar Vera got his ideas about being a father from watching his own dad, who worked 12 hours a day for little money, but managed to provide for a family that lived most of the year in migrant farm camps in the Central Valley. “I played with my kids more than my...

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Better Care Coordination for Older Patients Reduces Medical Care, Costs and Complications

Mar 21, 2014

By Fran Kritz Improving the coordination of care for elderly patients with chronic diseases cuts health-care costs, reduces use of health services and decreases medical complications, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the RAND Corpor...

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