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Health Grants Go to Small Communities With Innovative Approaches to Obesity, Smoking

November 24, 2014
Health Grants Go to Small Communities With Innovative Approaches to Obesity, Smoking

Lake County residents participating in a physical challenge were given a stuffed animal mascot, Rocky the River Otter, and encouraged to photograph themselves exercising next to the toy. Here, elementary school students hula hoop in the small Northern California city of Cobb. Photo: Courtesy of Lake County’s Health Leadership Network.

By Lisa Renner

To motivate Lake County residents to get moving earlier this year, public health workers used a charming mascot named Rocky the River Otter.

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What is it about giving thanks that makes us healthy?

November 24, 2014

By Eric Nelson
In remarks made to a conference convened this summer by Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), renowned gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons explained why giving thanks is so appealing to so many. “Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives,” he said. More specifically, gratitude increases our emotional well-being, improves our capacity to get along with others, decreases depression and increases our resilience after suffering emotional or physical harm.

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Group prenatal visits improve birth outcomes for mother and child

November 24, 2014

By Veronica Moscoso

In this story we go to Life Long Medical Care in Berkeley, where we met Ana Maria Negrete five weeks from the due date of her first child.

Negrete is a part of new model for pre-natal care called CenteringPregnancy — where expectant mothers participate in group checkups which provide support, education and health assessment.

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From Stonewall to Welcoming Walls – Elder LGBT Housing On the Rise

November 23, 2014
By Matt Perry A new assisted living complex in Palm Springs that targets an aging LGBT demographic is one of a handful of new facilities serving seniors yearning for supportive and compassionate living environments.

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Obese Kids Often Mistake Symptoms and Overuse Asthma Drugs

November 19, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study finds that obese kids with asthma may mistake being breathless for an asthma attack, which can lead to unnecessary use of asthma inhalers.

Researchers reviewed data on 58 children with asthma, half obese and half within normal weight range. The researchers assessed lung function, medication use, symptom patterns, doctor and ER visits, and quality of life.

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Why unemployment is harder for older adults

November 18, 2014
Why unemployment is harder for older adults By Marty Graham San Diego area resident Teresa McConnell, 54, remembers the seven months of her unemployment clearly. “I didn’t want to talk to anyone any more, I didn’t want to hear myself say I didn’t have a job and watch people pull away,” she said. “I felt sick and ashamed just saying it.”

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Small Financial Incentives Help Some Low-Income Smokers Quit

November 17, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Small financial incentives can double smoking cessation rates among low-income smokers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health last week.

“We wanted to investigate how small and potentially cost-effective financial incentives might help safety net hospital patients quit smoking,” said Darla Kendzor, assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Dallas Regional Campus and the lead author of the study.

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California Health Report TV – Episode 4

November 17, 2014

In this episode we bring you stories from around the state about people improving their lives – and the conditions of their communities.

First 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.

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New Report Recommends Social and Behavioral Domains for Electronic Health Records

November 14, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Including social and behavioral information in patients’ electronic health records may improve patient care, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

The Institute of Medicine identified several categories for possible inclusion in electronic health records, including alcohol use, race and ethnicity, tobacco use and exposure, census tract median income, education, depression, intimate partner violence, physical activity, social connections and social isolation and stress.

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National Preterm Birthrate Gets a C, but California Gets an A

November 10, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Preterm births are at their lowest rates in seventeen years, accounting for 11.4 percent of all births nationally in 2013, according to a new report from the March of Dimes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not expect to see such low rates until 2020.

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