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December 29, 2014
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Dental Surgical Centers Reel As
Managed Care Provider Tightens Policies

By Pamela K. Johnson

A group of dental surgical centers that treat children and people with disabilities say that Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) has recently started to deny routine claims for services, and that if it continues they’ll likely be forced to close their doors.

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New Initiatives Set to Increase Health Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants in California

December 29, 2014
New Initiatives Set to Increase Health Coverage for Undocumented Immigrants in California President Obama’s executive action on immigration, announced last month, could potentially come with a much sweeter — and healthier — deal for undocumented immigrants in California than in the rest of the country.

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Virtual dental homes expand to improve oral health for those who need it most

December 29, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson

In this story we go to South Los Angeles where an innovative program is improving oral health by bringing dental care to schools, nursing homes and residential facilities, virtually.

Dental problems are one of the leading causes of school absences. People with disabilities and older adults in nursing homes can also face challenges getting to the dentist.

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The California Health Report TV – Episode 5

December 22, 2014

Hosted by Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Weintraub, California Health Report TV brings you stories from around the state about people improving their lives and the conditions of their communities.

First 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.

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Rebel Saint: Bill Thomas Revolutionizes Aging

December 21, 2014
Rebel Saint: Bill Thomas Revolutionizes Aging

 

By Matt Perry
Dr. Bill Thomas has a Christmas present for you.

You’re not going to live to be 200. You’re probably not even going to make it to 100 either. All that longevity talk is marketing fantasy intended to line the pockets of “anti-aging experts.”

Instead, he’s got something better.

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Brain Abnormality May Cause Some Cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

December 18, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a condition that results in the death of thousands of babies in the U.S. each year, may be linked to a brain abnormality in some cases, according to a new study.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that more than forty percent of infants in a group who died of SIDS has an abnormality in their hippocampus, the part of the brain that helps control certain functions such as breathing, heart rate and body temperature.

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Children with Delays and their Parents Find Help in Play

December 17, 2014

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

The cheerful sound of kids and their parents signing “head, shoulders, knees and toes!” filled a classroom in San Pablo on Monday morning. Despite the smiles and laughter, the play was purposeful, part of a playgroup for children with developmental delays.

If it weren’t for the playgroup, offered at the First 5 Center in San Pablo, the mostly low-income, Spanish-speaking parents may have been hard-pressed to find help for their children.

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New Study Finds Ride-on Scooters Lead the Pack for Toy Injures in Kids

December 16, 2014

By Fran Kritz

About 3.3 million children were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for a toy-related injury between 1990 and 2011, says a new study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The number of injuries increased about 40 percent during the 22 years observed by the researchers.

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Palliative Care Poised to Expand Amid Health Reform

December 16, 2014
Palliative Care Poised to Expand Amid Health Reform A growing number of palliative care programs are being expanded to chronically ill patients in community clinics and at home, spurred by federal and state health reforms.

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Disabled Teens More Likely to be Obese and Use Extreme Weight Loss Measures

December 15, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Teenagers with physical or mental disabilities are more likely to be obese compared to teens who don’t have disabilities, according to new research presented at the recent American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

The researchers found that the prevalence of obesity among the disabled teens was 16 percent compared to 10 percent for teens who were not disabled and that those with disabilities were less likely to get 60 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week and to have healthy eating habits such as eating salads, vegetables, fruit and 100 percent fruit juices every week.

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