Month: July 2012

Best place to age? Maybe not California

The Milken Institute has just published a comprehensive ranking of the best places to age in the United States — and no California location cracked the top 10. The northern Bay Area — not including the Silicon Valley and San Jose — was 11th, just behind Pittsburgh. It looks like the cost of living is what did in most California cities in the rankings. Check them out here.

Emotional needs of young cancer patients unmet

By Mary Flynn

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. Herbert A. Sample reports.

Salinas hospital spurs legislation on CEO contracts

By Melissa Flores

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

By Mary Flynn

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

By Nicole Jones

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

By Lynn Graebner

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.

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