Month: April 2014

Study Finds Many Homeless Men Suffered Earlier Traumatic Brain Injuries

By Fran Kritz Almost half of all homeless men whose case histories were reviewed by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada,  had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury (TBI) in their life, and 87 per cent of those injuries occurred before the men lost their homes. Among the causes of the brain injuries were: Violence (60 per cent) Sports and recreation (44

ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids

By Chris Richard

Before the ACA became law, California extended Medi-Cal coverage for former foster children until their 21st birthdays. In Los Angeles County, that deadline meant some 1,500 former foster youth lost their health coverage each year. Statewide estimates set the number at up to 5,000 youths a year. Now, the ACA guarantees access to health care services for former foster youth until age 26, just like other young people who can stay on their parents’ private insurance plans until that age.

Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Remain Under Obamacare

By Genevieve Bookwalter When a patient at St. James Health Center needs mental health care, the first thing Susana Farina does is check insurance. The type of insurance patients have — if they have any at all — determines what kind of doctor they can see and even the date of their appointments. The Affordable Care Act covers treatment for some mental health disorders, such

How Healthy is Your County?

By Hannah Guzik Where you live in California can significantly influence your health, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings report. Marin County ranked as the healthiest county in the state, and Lake County as the least healthy. “Education and income and employment in particular have the greatest impact on health outcomes,” Kate Konkle, associate researcher at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute,

A Class Robot Helps Kids with Autism

An 8-year-old boy with autism ran up to a booth where a small robot named Nao sat on a display table at a technology conference a few years ago. Nao was “looking” around. When the child touched the robot’s shiny white and blue body, its sensors engaged, and it turned its head and began to ask the boy questions in a pleasant, computerized voice.

A Mobile Medical Home: Vans Bring the Clinic to Patients

By Amy DePaul A guitarist plucked a folksy melody as families strolled around Irvine’s Great Park on a recent Sunday. That’s when Araceli Lopez from Lake Forest spotted the Smile Mobile, a fully equipped RV that brings dental services to locations around Orange County. She quickly volunteered her three daughters for an impromptu checkup. Only one cavity was detected — not bad, Lopez said in

An Increasing Number of US Elderly Are Dealing with Hunger

By Fran Kritz One in 12 American older people regularly go hungry, according to a new study. Researchers at University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The report also shows that seniors who go hungry also face negative health and nutrition consequences. “In 2011, 8.35 percent of Americans over age 60 faced the threat of hunger—that

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