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Proposition 45 would allow state to regulate insurance rates

Aug 27, 2014

By Alisha Wyman

A proposed ballot measure facing voters this fall would give the state the authority to deny health insurance rate increases, a change some consumer groups say is long overdue but that opponents warn could impede Californians’ access to insurance coverage.

Proposition 45, slated for the Nov. 4 ballot, appears simple.

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Reflecting on Agent Orange victims and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Aug 27, 2014

It may be fair and decent to honor Vietnam veterans who die from diseases related to Agent Orange by putting their names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but then what? What words do you put on the memorial in … Continue reading

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Poverty Status in Childhood Can Affect Impulsiveness and Decision Making Later in Life

Aug 27, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Growing up poor can influence a person’s sense of control and result in decision making that is impulsive, as well as tendencies to give up on certain tasks or decisions that require more measured thought, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota.

“We found that adults who grew up poor...

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Birth Weight May Be a Culprit in Higher Rates of Diabetes Among African American Women

Aug 27, 2014

 By Heather Tirado Gilligan

African-American women may have higher rates of type two diabetes because they are more likely to have been born at a lower weight, according to a new study from researchers at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center.

African Americans are more likely than whites to be born at a low birth weight, a...

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Childhood Poverty Affects Longterm Health

Aug 27, 2014

By Mary Flynn

About twenty young children sat on the brightly colored carpet as a man with long dreadlocks slid a large conga drum in front of him. It was “circle time” at Lotus Bloom’s Room to Bloom program, a drop-in parent-child playgroup in East Oakland.

The drummer called out to the kids to stand up,...

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Get Tested Hits the Streets During HIV Awareness Month

Aug 26, 2014

By Suzanne Potter The sun-drenched Palm Springs area is a hotspot for the virus that causes AIDS. The prevalence of HIV in the Coachella Valley is twice the national average. Yet it is estimated that 50-70 percent of residents have never been tested for HIV and don’t know their status.

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Medi-Cal Complaint Office Hasn’t Produced Quarterly Report in Nearly a Year, Despite Huge Increase in Cases

Aug 26, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

Despite having a huge increase in cases, the state office that handles complaints about health plans for low-income people hasn’t produced a quarterly report in nearly a year.

The quarterly reports help officials identify large-scale problems affecting people enrolled in the health program, called Medi-Cal.

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Native Americans Ancestry May Pose Significant Eye Disease Risk for Latinos with Diabetes

Aug 25, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study by researchers with the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute has found that Latinos with Native American ancestry who have type 2 diabetes have a significant risk of diabetic retinopathy – the leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults. Diabetic retinopathy affects more than more than 4 million Americans...

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Raccoons and earthquakes

Aug 25, 2014
Raccoons and earthquakes

Saturday night, my wife and I watched “Raccoon Nation” on PBS television. The documentary reveals the incredible way raccoons have adapted to city life. They’re capable of all kinds of mischief, and if there’s a way to get inside your … Continue reading

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Homeless veterans clinic reduces ER visits by treating the whole person

Aug 25, 2014

By Robin Urevich and Pedro Avila

Dr. Rishi Manchanda believes the key to better health for homeless veterans is improving their lives. He’s developed a clinic at the VA hospital in Los Angeles where vets can find housing, mental health care and help with benefits and legal issues.

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