Getting a community to start exercising involves a lot more than posting up fliers and hosting some aerobics classes. It takes community buy-in. A recent study from the University of Missouri found that exercise programs aimed at minority adults are doing some short-term good, but most come across as culturally tone-deaf and are by and large failing to connect with the communities they intend to help.
Month: March 2012
Methyl iodide, one of the most controversial pesticides ever sold in California, was quietly removed from the market last week. Its rise and fall is a story of opportunistic science, corporate influence peddling, and questionable regulatory decisions. But ultimately, the chemical was pulled from the shelves because farmers weren’t buying it.
As a growing number of Californians exempt their children from required immunizations, public health departments statewide are launching campaigns to try to persuade them to vaccinate, and legislators are trying to make it harder for them to get exemptions.
The health reform law passed by a Democratic Congress and President Obama two years ago appeared to be in more jeopardy than ever today after the last of three days of hearings at the US Supreme Court.
A hot new trend in health care — rewarding hospitals for better performance — may not be working as intended, according to new research released today.
By Enrique Gili
An organic farm helps soldiers adjust to civilian life and makes farmers out of former fighters.
As a child, Lyudmia Shnaydman survived the horrors of World War II, though she lost her entire family. As an older adult she suffers from no fewer than four serious, chronic health problems. Now the state of California is giving her nightmares. Next week, the state has told Shnaydman, she will lose her access to adult day health care under tighter eligibility rules adopted last year.
The future of America’s health care system could be decided by Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court justice from California who has become the court’s all-important swing vote.
Grace Lee, five weeks old, needed a pediatric audiologist to evaluate her hearing. But her family lives in the wide swath of California north of Sacramento, where pediatric audiologists – and peds specialists generally – are hard to find.
One of the most common arguments in favor of the federal health reform law that the Supreme Court is weighing this week is that people without insurance overuse emergency rooms because they lack access to basic care. But new research released today suggests that people without insurance use the ER no more than those who have health coverage.