Month: July 2012

Emotional needs of young cancer patients unmet

About 70,000 adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. While the disease can be a physical and emotional blow to anyone at any age, a recent study determined that younger patients have a vast set of unmet social and psychological needs.

Center keeps elders on their feet

The innovative Amputation Prevention Center in Van Nuys uses a team approach and some novel procedures to save the limbs of people who would otherwise be headed for amputations. The center could be a model for advances that would keep more older adults living independently.

Salinas hospital spurs legislation on CEO contracts

As Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s board of directors looks for a financial partner to pull it out of a bind that threatens future service in the community, a state politician is taking aim at one of the policies that put the Salinas hospital in a precarious state.

Disabled kids more likely to be victimized

Children with disabilities are at nearly four times greater risk of being a victim of violence than those without a disability, according to a recent analysis. Advocates have long been aware that disabled children are at an increased risk of being exposed to violence, but the study revealed the extent of the problem for the first time.

Crime-fighting plans all lead to hot spot policing

Hot spot policing is an increasingly popular crime-fighting tactic, taken up by cities including Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton and San Jose. Proponents say it’s the best use of the police force, especially in cities where the number of police is shrinking. But critics say it may lead to over-policing in low-income neighborhoods.

Navigating patients to better health and lower costs

A pilot program in Santa Cruz helps low-income patients navigate the health care system. “We need to provide these services because we’re a compassionate community, but we also can’t afford not too,” said Eleanor Littman, Executive Director of the Health Improvement Partnership.

Latest numbers show California regaining strength

Think California’s economy is bad? It certainly hasn’t returned to full health since the ravages of the Great Recession. But a couple of pieces of economic data released Friday show once again that the state is not the job-killing machine that some try to paint it as.

Accountable care organizations aim to cut costs, increase quality

Across the country, doctors, hospitals and insurers are forming new healthcare entities to increase the efficiency and quality of healthcare, and lower the cost of it. Called accountable care organizations (ACOs), these groups are gaining ground, even though critics consider them a repackaging of HMOs—some of which have given managed care a bad name.

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