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Prescription Candy: A Quick Fix for Aging?

March 29, 2015
Prescription Candy: A Quick Fix for Aging?

By Matt Perry

In America, drug addiction is despised as a social scourge, a destructive force for families and communities alike.

Yet when it comes to treating older adults, drugs are hailed as quick salvation — prescription candy — the answer to complex chronic diseases and behavioral “problems” affiliated with dementia.

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Some California Cities See End in Sight for Veteran Homelessness

March 23, 2015
Some California Cities See End in Sight for Veteran Homelessness

Marine veteran Mitchell Horton had been chronically homeless since 1988 until last year when he was granted an efficiency apartment in downtown Santa Cruz. He now works as a security guard. Photo by Lynn Graebner

By Lynn Graebner

Cities across California have committed themselves to what sounds like an impossible goal: ending homelessness among military veterans by the end of this year.

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Need to Know

March 23, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

What dementia can teach us. Women doctors earn 69 cents for every dollar their male colleagues do. The Denti-Cal access problem is serious, advocates say. A profile on the only mobile dental clinic in the Central Valley.

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Youth Suicide Rates are Disproportionately Higher in Rural Areas

March 19, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Suicide rates among youths and young adults living in rural areas are almost twice as high as those living in urban areas, a recent study has found.

The disproportion increased between 1996 and 2010, “suggesting widening rural-urban disparities,” says the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal, JAMA Pediatrics on March 9.

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Need to Know

March 16, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik 

Are there enough doctors willing to treat children with Medi-Cal? People are being dropped from Medi-Cal, but the state won’t say how many. Can theatre be used to treat people with mental illness?

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Empathy: The Future of Dementia Care

March 15, 2015
Empathy: The Future of Dementia Care

By Matt Perry

Imagine you’re losing your mind. Imagine most of the life you’ve led is now slipping away from dementia.

And it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to you.

While it’s hard for most people to imagine dementia in a positive light, aging experts say the benefits can offer precisely those aspects of humanity many have sought their entire lives: living in the present moment, breaking social conventions, and softening expectations about who we should be.

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Legislators Consider Denti-Cal Audit

March 12, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

California legislators will hold a hearing Tuesday on an audit that found that more than half of children enrolled in the state’s low-income health program didn’t see a dentist in 2013, the most recent year data was available.

State Auditor Elaine M. Howle’s report, released in December, found that fewer than 45 percent of kids with Denti-Cal saw a dentist in 2013.

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Parenting Programs Turn to Fathers

March 12, 2015
Parenting Programs Turn to Fathers By Callie Shanafelt Chris Gibson spends his days visiting new fathers and their tiny babies. He’s a fathering coach and offers help that’s increasing in demand — teaching dads in low income neighborhoods about the ins and outs of infants.

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A Better Delivery for Pregnant Women in Jail

March 12, 2015
A Better Delivery for Pregnant Women in Jail

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By Linda Childers

As the young female inmate from the San Francisco County Jail prepared to give birth to her first child at San Francisco General Hospital, she found comfort in the fact that she wasn’t alone. Sitting by her bedside was a doula, a trained nonclinical birth companion whom she had been working with for several months through the Bay Area’s Birth Justice Project.

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Need to Know

March 9, 2015

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By Hannah Guzik

Aging is at a crossroads in California. Too many Alzheimer’s patients overuse antipsychotics. How to stop homicides, one shooter at a time. Despite high rates of poverty, few Californians use food aid.

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