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

September 29, 2014

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 phthalate (DnBP) had a 72 percent and 78 percent increase in risk of developing asthma between age 5 and 11, compared to kids born to mothers who were exposed to lower levels of the chemicals.

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Angelinos reclaim public space for gardens

September 29, 2014

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.

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Schools Challenged by Unfunded Mandate to Support Homeless Students

September 29, 2014
Schools Challenged by Unfunded Mandate to Support Homeless Students

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By Robin Urevich

Nearly 300,000 children in California—more than in any other state— are homeless, or live in cars, garages or crammed into single rooms with their entire families. More than half of those children are younger than 10 years old.

Most of them are in Southern California, in the state’s five most populous counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.

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

September 28, 2014
In Counties Where Teen Pregnancy is High, a Sex Ed Program Offers Promise

Sex educator Stephanie Bentz talks to boys in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center. Photo: Lisa Renner.

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?

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A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

September 28, 2014
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.

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California Skimps on Diabetes Prevention

September 28, 2014
California Skimps on Diabetes Prevention

By Robin Urevich

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.

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

September 25, 2014
Cancer-Screening Program For Women Attempts to Fill Gaps Left by Health Reform

Dr. Milcah Larks, an oncologist, attends to a patient at Ventura County Medical Center. Despite the Affordable Care Act, Larks said many women who need breast and cervical cancer screenings are still falling through the cracks. Photo: Jim Bass, courtesy of Ventura County Medical Center.

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Dr. Milcah Larks is all too familiar with the cost of delaying preventative cancer screenings for women.

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

September 23, 2014
Despite progress, 250,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

Andrew Skaf, 22, of Fresno said he had trouble getting treatment for cancer and endured months of anxiety while waiting for his Medi-Cal application to be processed. Photo courtesy of Andrew Skaf.

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.

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Healthy Lifestyle Factors May Prevent Most Heart Attacks in Men

September 23, 2014

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.

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Conference on 9/23 to focus on health reform

September 22, 2014

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.

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