Month: September 2014

Study: Prenatal Exposure to Some Chemicals May Increase Risk of Asthma in Children

By Fran Kritz Researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University recently published a study that found a strong link between prenatal exposure to two phthalates, chemicals used in many household products, and development of childhood asthma. Environmental Health Perspectives The study found that kids born to mothers exposed during pregnancy to high levels of two phthalates, butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP) and di-n-butyl

Angelinos reclaim public space for gardens

By Sasa Woodruff In this story we go to South Los Angeles, a community with some of the highest obesity rates in the country. Almost a third of the adults living there are obese. Now a handful of residents are trying to bring fresh food and health awareness into the area by planting edible gardens in an area riddled with fast food restaurants.

In Counties Where Teen Pregnancy is High, a Sex Ed Program Offers Promise

By Lisa Renner The teen boys in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center had a lot of questions for the two sex education instructors who paid them a visit. Among them: Where are free local clinics that provide testing for sexually transmitted diseases? Is there a cure for AIDS? Can you use ear wax to find out if your partner has an STD? Stephanie

A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

By Matt Perry When Bea Arthur and her merry band of aging pranksters graced the airwaves with their “Golden Girls” sitcom a quarter century ago, they paved the way for shared senior housing that’s both fun and affordable. And like the world-famous Red Hat Society which celebrates aging gracefully and vibrantly, expect the Golden Girls Network shared housing movement to grow rapidly in California. The

California Skimps on Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes afflicts one in 12 Californians. It causes early death and disability for millions and costs the state $27.6 billion annually in health care and related expenses. In 20 years, diabetes rates are expected to double in the United States. But the disease doesn’t have to wreak that kind of havoc. Diabetes can be avoided in many people with intensive diet and exercise counseling, according to a 2002 study by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cancer-Screening Program For Women Attempts to Fill Gaps Left by Health Reform

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Dr. Milcah Larks is all too familiar with the cost of delaying preventative cancer screenings for women. As an oncologist in the Immunology Clinic at Ventura County Medical Center, a hospital in Ventura focused on underserved populations, she prescribes treatment for patients with breast and cervical cancer. Often, patients come to her at late stages of the disease, requiring drastic interventions such

Despite progress, 250,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett Carlos Gutierrez of Berkeley thought his health care troubles were over when he received a letter from his county’s social service agency in May telling him he qualified for Medi-Cal. The 34-year-old single father of two had been without health insurance for months after losing his job as a trainer in car rental sales. He’d applied for health coverage through Covered California

Healthy Lifestyle Factors May Prevent Most Heart Attacks in Men

By Fran Kritz Four out of five heart attacks in men may be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Healthy lifestyle behaviors include moderate alcohol use, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and diet and getting regular exercise, say the Swedish researchers who conducted the study. Additional benefits of healthy lifestyles include

Conference on 9/23 to focus on health reform

Capitol Weekly and the University of California, UC Center present Health Care: California, a conference examining the California health care landscape, one year into the Affordable Care Act. This event will be filmed for later broadcast by the California Channel.HealthCare2014 The day-long conference will be held in Sacramento on September 23, 2014. Click HERE to reserve your seat! We will examine the impact of the

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