Month: May 2014

Measles Cases in the United States Reach 20-year High

By Fran Kritz Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014, the largest number of measles cases in the United States reported in the first five months of a year since 1996. Many of the cases were brought to the U.S. by people who

Structured Physical Activity Can Help Elderly Remain Independent

By Fran Kritz A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program can help reduce the risk in older people of losing the ability to walk without assistance, according a recent study in JAMA. That is critical, say the study authors, because walking unaided is perhaps the single most important factor for maintaining independence in older age. A clinical trial to assess the exercise included over 1,600

Lawmakers seek to expand care to undocumented immigrants

By Momo Chang On a recent Tuesday evening in Richmond, Marta waited to see a doctor. In recent months, she had developed a rash that covered her body, and her entire face had been swollen. Marta was seeing a doctor at a free clinic for the uninsured that is open just once a week. Unlike most health-care facilities, this clinic is staffed by volunteer doctors,

Consumers Complain About Narrow Insurance Networks

By Hannah Guzik More people than now have health insurance in California, but is it the kind of coverage they want? Several reports in the past weeks noted that insurance networks are narrowing under the Affordable Care Act. Some enrollees are finding that the doctors and hospitals they thought they’d have access to aren’t actually under their plan’s umbrella. As enrollees begin to use their

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Releases Guidance on Ethical, Non Judgmental Treatment for Obese Patients

By Fran Kritz The  increasing rate of obesity in the United States require obstetrician/gynecologists to be prepared to care for patients who are obese in an ethical, nonjudgmental manner. At the same time, they must remain cognizant of the medical and social effects of obesity, according to new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. According to the College, the prevalence of obesity

Silent Treatment Saves Lives

By Chris Richard

Last year, the Affordable Care Act-funded Partnership for Patients released a report showing that from 210,000 to 440,000 patients die annually from medical errors in hospitals. Kaiser Permanente and other hospitals are now taking small steps that may have a big effect on reducing preventable deaths.

Language Barriers in California Health Care

By Hannah Guzik Last week the Health Report wrote about how the state’s annual Medi-Cal renewal forms are so complicated that they may cause tens of thousands of people to lose coverage. Among the problems is that the forms are only available in English and Spanish, reported Claudia Boyd-Barrett. More than 15 percent of California residents speak a language other than English or Spanish at

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