By Hannah Guzik In the wake of the killings in Isla Vista a week ago today, the conversation has turned to the link between mental illness and violence. While it’s true that most of the mass killers in recent history have had a psychiatric disorder, the majority of people with mental illness are not violent. In fact, the link between the two most often goes
Month: May 2014
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
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
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,
By Genevieve Bookwalter
The phones at Dientes Community Dental Care have been ringing almost constantly since California restored its dental program for low-income adults this month.
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
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
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.
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
Is there an app for aging? That’s the question Pinchas Cohen, dean of USC’s renowned Davis School of Gerontology, is posing to the rest of his Trojan nation.