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ACA promises insurance, but can it promise care?

September 29, 2013
The Affordable Care Act promises to bring insurance to millions of Californians who don’t have it now. But will it bring them health care?

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Active Aging: “We Are the Champions, My Friend”

September 29, 2013
Active Aging: “We Are the Champions, My Friend” By Matt Perry After four attempts, at age 64 swimmer Diana Nyad finally forged the 110 treacherous miles from Cuba to the Florida coast in early September – the first ever to achieve the feat. Besides her persistence and her poignant message “You’re never too old to chase your dreams,” Nyad’s swim illustrated yet again the key ingredient to healthy aging -- exercise.

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Agriculture businesses struggle to comply with Affordable Care Act

September 26, 2013
Agriculture businesses struggle to comply with Affordable Care Act By Leslie Griffy Agricultural businesses and the insurance companies that serve them are scrambling to prepare for the changes that health care reform will bring over the next few years.

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Study: Omega-3s May Not Improve Memory

September 25, 2013

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

A new study suggests that swallowing fish pills and snacking on nuts won’t prevent cognitive decline.

Omega-3s fatty acids, found in foods like salmon, walnuts and leafy greens as well as fish oil and other supplements, are associated with health benefits including reduced risk of stroke and heart disease.

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Run, Long Beach, Run

September 25, 2013
Run, Long Beach, Run By Jessica Portner Jorge Rivera's mission, called Sole Searching, is twofold: to introduce his running companions to different parts of the city and to talk to residents of every neighborhood, both blighted and affluent, about the benefits of exercise.

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The Benefits of Cross-Ethnic Friendships

September 24, 2013

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

Cross-ethnic friendships may make young people feel safer at school, according to a study released today.

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands looked at friendships between Latino and African American students at ethnically diverse middle schools in low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

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Planning for the Most Expensive Patients

September 24, 2013
Planning for the Most Expensive Patients

By Callie Shanafelt

Some of the costliest care in the nation goes to the nine million people who are enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare.

Dubbed dual-eligibles, these low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities qualify for the insurance program for seniors (Medicare) and the insurance program for the poor (Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California).

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Older adults might be biggest winners from ACA

September 23, 2013
The biggest winners from the federal health reform known as the Affordable Care Act will probably be older adults who are too young to be eligible for Medicare.

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Prompted by Reform Incentives, Hospitals Aim for Customer Satisfaction

September 20, 2013
Prompted by Reform Incentives, Hospitals Aim for Customer Satisfaction

San Francisco General Hospital has installed noise monitors around some nursing stations to reduce nighttime commotion.Photo: San Francisco General Hospital

By Chris Richard

Each day, the staff at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora sets aside a patient room for an overhaul under the “Room a Day” program.

This isn’t just ordinary housekeeping.

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County Health Departments Brace for Cuts

September 19, 2013
County Health Departments Brace for Cuts Lynn Graebner Counties all over California are cheering the state’s decision to expand Medi-Cal to more than 1.4 million low-income adults – and bracing for the $1.3 billion the state expects to take away from county health services over the next four years.

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