Month: July 2014

Interview with Dr. David Williams

By Daniel Weintraub Dr. David Williams, an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health, currently teaches at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. The Everyday Discrimination scale that he developed is currently one of the most widely used measures

Home Blood Pressure-Monitoring Devices Reduce Health Care Costs

By Fran Kritz Home blood pressure monitoring devices can save money by improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the American Heart Association. According to the researchers, more than 76 million adults have diagnosed hypertension and many more are undiagnosed. Home monitoring devices let people with high blood pressure or who are at risk for the condition test

Antibiotic Use Is Common in Hospice Care

By Fran Kritz A new study finds that use of antibiotics is quite common among terminal patients who are in hospice care. The researchers used data based on the electronic health records of adults patients discharged to hospice care from Oregon Health & Science University over a three-year period ending in 2013. They found that twenty-one percent of the hospice patients left with a prescription

Improving farmworker living conditions

By Suzanne Potter In this story we go to the rural farming communities about 60 miles east of wealthy Palm Springs, where tens of thousands of people live in what many have described as third world conditions. They crowd into dilapidated mobile home parks where clean drinking water is hard to come by and other public services can be sporadic. Get a glimpse of the

Art With Elders: Stop Making Sense

By Matt Perry When expressionist painters like Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix and Barnett Newman waved their defiant brushes over blank canvases, they rebelled against the “logical minds” that had brought about one World War, then another. Art, they insisted, should free the mind from oppressive reality. So it’s not surprising that in the shadow of the Beat Generation and Sixties counterculture, a Bay Area arts

State Agency Running Medi-Cal Didn't Know How Many Docs Took its Insurance

By Hannah Guzik The California agency that oversees the state’s low-income health plan vastly overstated the number of doctors who accepted patients through the program last year, even as the number of people enrolled was set to skyrocket under the federal Affordable Care Act, the California Health Report has found. The state’s Medi-Cal provider list had more physicians than were even licensed to practice in

Denti-Cal Patients Feel the Pain as Rates Shrink

By Pamela K. Johnson A few years ago, Kathleen Hamilton became a foster mom to 13 and 14 year old boys, who also happened to be her nephews. Both needed extensive dental work, and the services were to be covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program. But year after year, Hamilton ran into a snag. “It was difficult to find a dentist who would take new

State Senate to Aging Californians: We Care

By Matt Perry While the state Assembly has a committee dedicated to aging and long-term care, the State Senate hasn’t had one since it disappeared from the Committee on Health along with termed out sponsor Elaine Alquist at the end of 2012. That changed last week when the Senate publicly launched a new Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care at an informational hearing at

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