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Majority of California Health Clinics Lack Dentists, Causing Some Patients to Forgo Treatment

September 30, 2015

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.

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New poll finds support for end-of-life discussions

September 30, 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.

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Pope Francis and Robert De Niro Agree on Aging

September 29, 2015
Pope Francis and Robert De Niro Agree on Aging By Matt Perry What do Pope Francis and actor Robert De Niro have in common?

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All Hands on Deck: Training A Geriatric Workforce

September 28, 2015
All Hands on Deck: Training A Geriatric Workforce By Matt Perry Four state universities won federal grants to help train a woefully unprepared California geriatric workforce — especially in underserved communities.

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A Perilous Link: Pet Abuse and Domestic Violence

September 27, 2015
A Perilous Link: Pet Abuse and Domestic Violence By Lily Dayton 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.

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Need to Know

September 27, 2015

 

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.

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Living in the Blast Zone

September 25, 2015
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.

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Third-Generation Mexican Adults in California Less Likely to Receive Diabetes Care

September 23, 2015

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.

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How California’s Drought Affects Residents' Health

September 22, 2015
How California’s Drought Affects Residents' Health

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By Linda Childers

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.

From reports of West Nile Virus and Valley fever, to a greater incidence of respiratory illnesses, the state’s changing climate continues to yield a variety of health concerns.

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L.A. Rolls Out Complex Care Teams for Chronically Ill Patients

September 21, 2015
L.A. Rolls Out Complex Care Teams for Chronically Ill Patients 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.

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