Month: October 2014

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

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. “We’re teaching

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. Yet by far the most important lesson I’ve learned during three years on

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

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. Additional camera: Annelise Wunderlich

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

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. Among the findings: More than 94 percent of Latino

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

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. These statistics, based on federal data, reflect a rate of violence against Native American women far greater than that experienced by any other ethnic group in the U.S.

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

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

Tulare County Fights Domestic Violence on a New Front

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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