Month: September 2013

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

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.

Study: Omega-3s May Not Improve Memory

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. The fatty acids are needed for blood clotting, building cell membranes in

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.

The Benefits of Cross-Ethnic Friendships

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. They found that students who reported cross-ethnic friendships also reported feeling less vulnerable, less

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). Dual-eligibles often have complicated illnesses. But that’s not the only

Prompted by Reform Incentives, Hospitals Aim for Customer Satisfaction

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. It’s a 78-item checklist that ranges from waxing floors to tightening plumbing connections and disassembling ceiling ducts to replace air filters. Three Foothill departments join in the work, and a supervisor may add

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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