Month: June 2016

Maternal Mortality Has Declined in California, But Disparities Persist

  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. Nationwide, during the same year there were 22 maternal deaths for the same number

California Cities Respond to Climate Change Crisis

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.

Children’s Health Access Improving in California, Researchers Say

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. The ranking system, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Children Now, includes all

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. Instead, the factors that contribute to Latino dementia are largely controllable. Latinos tend

Many Californians Have Lower Insurance Costs Thanks to Health Reform

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

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.

When autism ages out of the school system

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.

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