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Maternal Mortality Has Declined in California, But Disparities Persist

June 30, 2016

 

By Hannah Guzik

 

California women are significantly less likely to die from childbirth complications than mothers nationwide, but racial disparities persist, according to a new report.

There were 7.3 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in California in 2013, according to the California Health Care Foundation report released Wednesday.

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Chronic Funding Shortfalls Frustrate County Coroners

June 28, 2016
Chronic Funding Shortfalls Frustrate County Coroners By Chris Richard In a refrigerated crypt at the Los Angeles County Coroner-Medical Examiner’s headquarters, the bodies lie awaiting examination on the shelves of metal racks, similar to what you might find in a Home Depot.  

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California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

June 27, 2016
California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis By Robin Urevich Climate change is global, but local governments are both the biggest source of the world’s carbon emissions and the first line of defense against its effects. The United Nations Environment Program reports that 75 percent of the world’s carbon emissions come from urban areas. Now, more and more cities and counties are looking for ways to shrink their carbon footprints.

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Children’s Health Access Improving in California, Researchers Say

June 24, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California has improved access to health care for children in recent years, but still lags behind many other states in terms of the overall well-being of kids, a new report finds.

A nationwide ranking system by two children’s groups says California comes in 38th for well-being for kids.

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California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center

June 24, 2016
California Funds Nation’s First Firearm Research Center By Hannah Guzik On June 15, the state legislature voted to spend $5 million to create a gun violence research center, which will work to understand the public health problem in the hopes of preventing deaths. It will be the first center of its kind in the country.

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Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

June 21, 2016
Fighting the Swell of Latino Dementia

By Matt Perry

With Latinos now the largest ethnic population in California, the spotlight on Latino aging is shining ever brighter, and with it exposure to a topic rarely discussed: worsening rates of cognitive decline.

Latinos suffer from dementia at rates 1.5 times higher than whites, but not because of genetic makeup.

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Rising Rate of STD Infection in California Troubles Public Health Officials

June 21, 2016
Rising Rate of STD Infection in California Troubles Public Health Officials By Kit Stolz The rates of the most common sexually transmitted diseases – chlamydia and gonorrhea – have risen over the last five years in California, particularly among men, and particularly in the case of gonorrhea, and even in counties that have made a concerted effort to reduce the number of infections.

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Many Californians Have Lower Insurance Costs Thanks to Health Reform

June 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

Californians who purchase their own health insurance spent less on health care in the first year of the Affordable Care Act’s full implementation, showing that the federal law has had an effect, a new report finds.

Those who bought insurance through the individual marketplace spent nearly $2,500 less on health care in 2014, the year health reform created the state exchange known as Covered California, according to the California Health Care Foundation report.

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Confronted with Evidence on Teenage Sleep, Some California Schools Move to Start Later

June 16, 2016
Confronted with Evidence on Teenage Sleep, Some California Schools Move to Start Later Teenagers need more sleep than adults, and early start times for school aren’t helping. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently began to advocate for starting high school at 8:30 a.m. in hopes of better meeting students’ sleep needs. This could also help combat depression, reduce car accidents and help with other health problems that can arise from insufficient sleep, the Academy said.

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When autism ages out of the school system

June 10, 2016

By Pam Raymond

California’s day programs for adults with autism are underfunded and overcrowded. But with thousands of young people with developmental delays or disabilities about to reach the age at which they can no longer attend a public school, the problem is soon going to get much, much worse.

My daughter’s story is just one example of the limited options available for these young adults and the parents who care for them.

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