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California Children and Mothers Have Higher Exposure to Flame Retardants, Study Finds

Jul 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California children and their mothers are exposed to higher levels of flame retardants than researchers have found in a past study, according to a report released Monday.

These chemicals have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption in animals, and were widespread in baby products and furniture for nearly four decades in...

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About 10% of California Teens Have Used E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

Jul 20, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

About 10 percent of California teenagers have used electronic cigarettes, a rate that is higher than national estimates, according to a new study.

Scientists from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research analyzed data from the 2014 California Health Interview Survey, which interviewed 1,052 adolescents ages 12–17.

The study cites previous research that...

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How uniting kids, elders helps both

Jul 18, 2016
How uniting kids, elders helps both

By Matt Perry

It’s a solution for two problems at once: children desperately need mentors to guide them, and isolated seniors yearn for more connection and meaning.

The growing intergenerational activities movement received a powerful jolt last year when the Los Angeles-based Eisner Foundation sharpened its focus to solely support intergenerational programming.

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As Undocumented Children Enroll in Medi-Cal, Some Clinics See Uptick in Patients

Jul 14, 2016
As Undocumented Children Enroll in Medi-Cal, Some Clinics See Uptick in Patients

The state is working with health care providers and Medi-Cal managed health plans to prepare for the influx of new patients, Cava said.

However, many clinics contacted by the California Health Report said it’s too soon to tell what the impact of the expansion will be on their patient numbers.

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State Budget Includes $5 Million to Allow Those with Food Stamps to Buy More From Farmers’ Markets

Jul 11, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

More Californians who receive food stamps will be able to buy double the fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets after Gov. Jerry Brown approved $5 million in funding for the program as part of the new state budget.

The Market Match program increases amount people with CalFresh benefits are able to spend on...

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Transgender Patients Find Medical Home in L.A.

Jul 4, 2016
Transgender Patients Find Medical Home in L.A.

Diana Feliz Oliva, the Transgender Health Program’s Coordinator. Photo: Jessica Portner

By Jessica Portner

When Mikki del Monico, a 49-year-old filmmaker, walked into the just-opened Transgender Health Program more than two years ago, he knew exactly what he wanted because he’d been waiting for it his whole life—hormone replacement therapy, surgical referrals and a welcoming...

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The debate over marijuana legalization and kids

The debate over marijuana legalization and kids

By Lisa Renner

The pending ballot battle over a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in California raises a crucial question: would the change expose more children to pot or protect youth from access to the drug by tightening regulations?

Opinion from public officials and advocates is sharply divided as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”...

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Useful Design, Useful Aging: Exploring the Tech Galaxy With Longevity Explorer

Useful Design, Useful Aging: Exploring the Tech Galaxy With Longevity Explorer

By Matt Perry

Richard Caro is a tightrope walker.

A successful entrepreneur with decades of experience in bringing high-tech products to market, he’s most recently turned his attention to aging and product design. On the surface, his Longevity Explorers assess the quality of products and technology. Yet Caro knows his work is about something...

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California Cities Struggle With Water Quality, and Poor Areas Suffer Most

California Cities Struggle With Water Quality, and Poor Areas Suffer Most

In pockets of the Central Valley, residents are fighting for clean drinking water, and those in low-income areas have been impacted the most.

The post California Cities Struggle With Water Quality, and Poor Areas Suffer Most appeared first on California Health Report.


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Maternal Mortality Has Declined in California, But Disparities Persist

Jun 30, 2016

 

By Hannah Guzik

 

California women are significantly less likely to die from childbirth complications than mothers nationwide, but racial disparities persist, according to a new report.

There were 7.3 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in California in 2013, according to the California Health Care Foundation report released Wednesday.

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