By Hannah Guzik Only about a third of community health clinics in California have dental services onsite, causing some patients to forgo treatment, according to a report released Wednesday. The study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that the state could significantly improve access to dental care, particularly for low-income and uninsured people, if dentists were available at more health clinics. While
Month: September 2015
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest tracking poll finds strong support for having Medicare reimburse doctors for the time they spend discussing end-of-life options with their patients. The survey also finds lukewarm support for the so-called “Cadillac tax” on expensive health plans, with respondents more likely to support the tax after they are told it might reduce overall health care costs. See the full poll here.
By Matt Perry
What do Pope Francis and actor Robert De Niro have in common?
By Matt Perry
Four state universities won federal grants to help train a woefully unprepared California geriatric workforce — especially in underserved communities.
Santa Cruz veterinarian David Shuman witnessed severe cases of animal abuse when, fresh out of vet school, he worked at a veterinary hospital in Oakland. He remembers cases where people set cats on fire or threw dogs as if they were baseballs. He recalls one man who wounded a litter of puppies with a machete. But it wasn’t until later in Shuman’s career that he realized pet abuse could be a red flag for a larger pattern of violence, and that people who harm animals often don’t stop at animals.
By Hannah Guzik How California’s drought affects residents’ health. The state’s strict emissions limits have reduced cancer risk by 76 percent in the last 20 years. Despite the need, third-generation Mexican adults in California are less likely to receive diabetes care. Undocumented adults in Contra Costa County now have health coverage. One in six school districts have dropped a Medi-Cal reimbursement plan for outreach,
By Rucha Chitnis
In the past seven years, crude-by-rail—transport of crude oil on rails—has increased, a change that galvanized recent protests in Richmond.
By Hannah Guzik Although they are more likely than their parents to have diabetes, third-generation Mexican adults in California are less likely to receive check-ups to help them manage the condition, according to a new study. Previous studies have found that U.S.-born Latinos are more likely to suffer from diabetes than foreign-born Latinos, due in part to the higher rates of obesity in the U.S.
For most Californians, the continuing drought means a crash course in learning how to conserve water and adjusting to warmer temperatures. But for some of the state’s residents, the drought has also brought about increased health challenges.
By Robin Urevich
Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services is betting it can save money while radically improving the health of some of its sickest and most challenging patients. Last March, county health officials began targeting individuals in South and East Los Angeles who rely on emergency departments or hospitalizations for care and who struggle with more than one chronic disease.