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August 31, 2015

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

By Hannah Guzik

Chronic pain patients are caught in the middle after federal restrictions on painkillers. California lags behind the nation in vaccinating children, CDC says. The state may require daycare workers to be immunized.

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Half of Kids and a Quarter of Adults in California Are Enrolled in Medi-Cal

August 24, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Half of children and a quarter of adults in California are enrolled in the state’s low-income health plan, according to numbers released Wednesday.

There are 5.2 million children and 7.4 million adults enrolled in Medi-Cal, according to the figures provided by the Department of Health Care Services. That’s about 57 percent of the child population and 25 percent of the adult population in the state, using U.S.

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Need to Know

August 24, 2015

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

By Hannah Guzik

To fight obesity, we need healthier communities. Positive moods can spread throughout friend groups, warding off depression. Attitudes toward hospice care can vary by race. What happens after a cyber-attack of medical data, and how it affects people.

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Chronic Pain Patients Caught in the Middle as Feds Restrict Painkillers

August 23, 2015
Chronic Pain Patients Caught in the Middle as Feds Restrict Painkillers By Lynn Graebner New federal  restrictions on prescription painkillers are having an unintended consequence: many chronic pain patients can't get the relief they need, and some are even resorting to illegal drugs to help them cope.

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Probation Officer’s Love of Soccer Saves at Risk Kids

August 23, 2015
Probation Officer’s Love of Soccer Saves at Risk Kids By Lily Dayton Coach Gina Castañeda stands in a player box at the edge of the indoor soccer arena, yelling above the cheers of the crowd to the teenage boys in purple jerseys darting across the playing field. A player in mis-matched soccer cleats makes a swift pass to a team mate, who shoots the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net. Castañeda claps wildly, shouting “Good job you guys! ¡Sí se puede!

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To fight obesity, we need healthier communities

August 18, 2015

By Daniel Weintraub

At first glance the conclusions from a recent study on obesity by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research seem obvious: people who are overweight or obese tend to have a less healthy diet and exercise less often than people whose weight is normal.

But behind those findings is another, more compelling story:

Minorities are more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites.

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From Investments to Individuals: Finance Firm Prepares for Aging

August 17, 2015
From Investments to Individuals: Finance Firm Prepares for Aging

 

By Matt Perry

A common view of investment advisers is that they place you into funds with the highest advisor fees. Then move your money around – churn, churn, churn – to reap even more cash for themselves. Your cash.

“Show me the money.”

This view is especially vexing for older adults heading towards retirement.

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Need to Know

August 17, 2015

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

By Hannah Guzik

Advocates urge the state to gather more data on children in Medi-Cal. One county will move at least 1,000 mentally ill inmates out of jail and into treatment. California will cover full Medi-Cal for low-income pregnant women.

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State Seeking Innovative Community Health Ideas

August 13, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

In the hopes of improving health across the state, California officials are asking community members to share any innovative programs that have yielded results.

The California Health and Human Services Agency and Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that people can submit ideas online through Sept. 30.

Officials will select six finalists, whose ideas will be presented at a statewide Innovation Conference in early 2016.

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Advocates Urge the State to Gather More Data on Children in Medi-Cal

August 13, 2015
Advocates Urge the State to Gather More Data on Children in Medi-Cal By Hannah Guzik Although more than half of California’s children are enrolled in the state’s low-income health program, the state does not report how many of them are born at a low birth weight, receive a developmental screening in their first three years of life or have a suicide-risk assessment if they have a major depressive disorder.

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