Home » 2015 » May

No More “Terrible Choice”? Palliative Care on the Rise

May 23, 2015
No More “Terrible Choice”? Palliative Care on the Rise

 

By Matt Perry

It’s been called “The terrible choice” for the seriously ill. Choose hospice and imminent death… or treatment in hopes of a cure.

But not both.

That’s the choice many patients must make when faced with advanced serious illness. Those who choose to pursue a cure often go without palliative care, which provides the kind of pain relief, emotional comfort and social support that all seriously ill people need – not just those who are near death.

No CommentRead More

Seniors turn to Tai Chi to improve wellness

May 21, 2015
In this story we go to Oakland where we spoke with seniors experiencing the benefits of regular Tai Chi practice. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that many now turn to for exercise. Research shows that Tai Chi reduces stress and benefits people with many age-related diseases.

1 CommentRead More

California Nursing Homes Split on Quality

May 20, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Among states with the largest numbers of seniors, California leads the nation in having the most high quality nursing homes, according to a new report.

But the state also has a large number of nursing homes that scored poorly on a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services quality rating system, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s May 14 report.

No CommentRead More

His Aim is True

May 18, 2015
His Aim is True By Leah Bartos
An ER Doc Tackles America’s Gun Problem

2 CommentsRead More

Need to Know

May 18, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik 

Walking the beat to safety from gang violence in Cypress Park. What happens when victims of community violence leave the hospital? Denti-Cal cuts have resulted in a spike in ER visits. Hospital networks are smaller in Covered California plans, but quality is comparable.

No CommentRead More

Happier at 100 than 10

May 15, 2015

By Matt Perry

When does old age begin?

At 46. Or 87. Depending on whom you ask.

That’s the latest from UnitedHealthcare’s annual survey of centenarians – those who have reached 100 — which offers some fascinating insights into the aging process with the help of this year’s additional survey group: 10 year-olds.

1 CommentRead More

Hospital Networks Smaller in Covered California Plans, But Quality Comparable

May 13, 2015

By Hannah Guzik 

Covered California health plans offer smaller hospital networks than commercial plans, a recent study reports.

The research backs up the claims of many enrollees who say their Covered California plans have narrow networks. However, the researchers add, the state marketplace plans still offer about the same level of geographic access to hospitals and in some cases allow enrollees to get care at higher quality hospitals.

No CommentRead More

Need to Know

May 13, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik 

Saying no to teen dating violence, one classroom at a time. State senators discuss how to end child poverty. Bill would require prescription translations, preventing dangerous errors. California debates extending health coverage to undocumented immigrants.

No CommentRead More

Salinas Valley Project Helps Residents Access Clean Drinking Water

May 11, 2015
Salinas Valley Project Helps Residents Access Clean Drinking Water


By Lynn Graebner

Thousands of residents in rural disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley may soon have help avoiding drinking water from domestic wells and small water systems contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrate.

A grass roots pilot project by the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is helping rural low-income residents organize their communities so they can apply for grants for drilling new wells or for infrastructure to connect to municipal systems.

No CommentRead More

Aging with Dignity: live alone or in a community?

May 11, 2015
Aging with Dignity: live alone or in a  community?

By Matt Perry

An overwhelming percentage of older adults insist on remaining in their homes as they age.

Called “aging in place,” it’s considered the Holy Grail for families and governments alike. Older adults want the comfort and autonomy of home. Governments hope to keep seniors at home as long as possible, mortified of the financial burden low-income seniors become when they move into nursing homes.

1 CommentRead More

Page 1 of 212