Month: March 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. Older adults consume a shocking number of prescriptions — five or more for 30%

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. 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. A state care center for the disabled shouldn’t be closed, families

Youth Suicide Rates are Disproportionately Higher in Rural Areas

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. “Suicide rates for adolescents and young adults are higher in rural

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. 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? The ethical issues that come with crowdfunding for health costs. Birth justice workers help incarcerated

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:

Legislators Consider Denti-Cal Audit

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

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.

A Better Delivery for Pregnant Women in Jail

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.

Need to Know

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. 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. Why is the C-section rate so high? The California Department of Public Health has been slow

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