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Group Classes Teach Parents to Help Kids with Autism Improve their Language Skills

October 30, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A study by Stanford researchers finds that group classes for parents that teach a specific therapy can help to improve the children’s’ language skills.  The  study looked at 12 week classes that taught “pivotal response training” in which parents identify something a child wants—such as a ball–and offer rewards in exchange for the child making efforts to say the word.

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Changing the message of aging…subliminally

October 27, 2014
Changing the message of aging…subliminally

By Matt Perry

As a reporter who covers Aging issues, discussing the topic in public typically evokes this response through clenched teeth:   “Getting old sucks.”

There are variations on this reply – some involve profanity – but today’s accepted cultural message is that aging is terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.

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UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations finds innovative ways to treat most common health problems

October 27, 2014

By Todd Dayton

In this story we visit a San Francisco research center working to better the lives of those most at risk for poor health. UC San Francisco’s Center for Vulnerable Populations puts many of the most common health conditions in the crosshairs, and uses research and outreach to improve the health of society’s most vulnerable-sometimes in unexpected ways.

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New Study looks at Health and Well-Being of Latino Children in California

October 22, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study shows significant differences between the health and wellbeing of the 4.7 million Latino children in California and white children in the state. The study, conducted at the request of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health,* also shows Latino children now make up almost half the children in the state.

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Native American Tribes Have the Right, but Not the Resources, to Prosecute Abusers

October 22, 2014
Native American Tribes Have the Right, but Not the Resources, to Prosecute Abusers

Germaine Omish-Guanchena, pictured here at the U.N. World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, says many assaults are never reported to police and therefore not reflected in crime statistics.

By Leah Bartos

Native American women face a 2 in 5 chance of experiencing some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In most of these cases – 86 percent – the perpetrator of the violence will be non-Native.

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From fungicide to organic – Richmond farmer changes approach and passes on new techniques

October 20, 2014

By Veronica Moscoso
In this story we go to Sunnyside Organic Seedlings in Richmond where we met Pilar Reber who went from a pesticide applicator twenty years ago to the owner of a certified organic farm. Reber is now partnering with local non-profits to teach youth about organic farming methods.

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State Refuses to Identify Hospitals it Says Have Harmed Patients

October 15, 2014
State Refuses to Identify Hospitals it Says Have Harmed Patients By Chris Richard California has been withholding money from 66 hospitals it holds culpable for medical errors, but state officials refuse to describe the mistakes or publicly identify the hospitals, all of which have allegedly harmed patients.

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Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions

October 15, 2014
Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions By Lynn Graebner An Oakland-based nonprofit group is building a national model to help foster youth overcome one of their biggest challenges: staying in school.  

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Spike in ER usage from newly insured declines over time, study says

October 15, 2014

Pent-up demand for health care leads to a spike in emergency room visits and hospitalizations among the newly insured, but those numbers quickly decline as people’s needs are met and their health becomes more stable, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The study could mean that fears of an explosion in public costs due to the expansion of the Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal in California, will prove unfounded.

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Tulare County Fights Domestic Violence on a New Front

October 15, 2014
Tulare County Fights Domestic Violence on a New Front

Photo: Thinkstock/John Gomez

By Leah Bartos

Nestled in central California and flanked by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Tulare County is sometimes called the Appalachia of the West. It is home to the giant Sequoia trees; Mount Whitney towers over the county’s eastern edge. It’s also one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the state.

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