Month: July 2016

Retailers roll with new restriction on tobacco sales to minors

At convenience stores and gas stations across the state, bright yellow signs are posted prominently on front doors: “Under 21/ No Tobacco.” Libby Brown, a 16-year-old from Turlock, has no problem with the new state law, which went into effect in June, even though it raised the legal smoking age from 18. She wasn’t planning to smoke anyway. “I think it’s a good law because it will make it so there’s not as many smokers,” she said. But 18-year-old smoker Paige Shafer, who lives in North San Juan, is upset that her once legal right to use tobacco has been abruptly taken away. She now has to get others who meet the age limit to get her cigarettes.

California Children and Mothers Have Higher Exposure to Flame Retardants, Study Finds

By Hannah Guzik California children and their mothers are exposed to higher levels of flame retardants than researchers have found in a past study, according to a report released Monday. These chemicals have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption in animals, and were widespread in baby products and furniture for nearly four decades in the state. California updated its safety regulations amid concerns that

About 10% of California Teens Have Used E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

By Hannah Guzik About 10 percent of California teenagers have used electronic cigarettes, a rate that is higher than national estimates, according to a new study. Scientists analyzed data from the 2014 California Health Interview Survey, which interviewed 1,052 adolescents ages 12 to 17.* The study cites previous research that found that in 2012, 6.5 percent of teens had tried e-cigarettes nationwide. “The health effects

How uniting kids, elders helps both

By Matt Perry It’s a solution for two problems at once: children desperately need mentors to guide them, and isolated seniors yearn for more connection and meaning. The growing intergenerational activities movement received a powerful jolt last year when the Los Angeles-based Eisner Foundation sharpened its focus to solely support intergenerational programming. “We’ve very excited and optimistic since they became really the first major foundation

State Budget Includes $5 Million to Allow Those with Food Stamps to Buy More From Farmers’ Markets

By Hannah Guzik More Californians who receive food stamps will be able to buy double the fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets after Gov. Jerry Brown approved $5 million in funding for the program as part of the new state budget. The Market Match program increases amount people with CalFresh benefits are able to spend on fruits and vegetables at certain farmers’ markets in the

Transgender Patients Find Medical Home in L.A.

By Jessica Portner

When Mikki del Monico, a 49-year-old filmmaker, walked into the just-opened Transgender Health Program more than two years ago, he knew exactly what he wanted because he’d been waiting for it his whole life—hormone replacement therapy, surgical referrals and a welcoming medical home. Two years later, post-testosterone treatments and breast-removal surgery, he is relieved and grateful.

The debate over marijuana legalization and kids

The pending ballot battle over a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in California raises a crucial question: would the change expose more children to pot or protect youth from access to the drug by tightening regulations?

Useful Design, Useful Aging: Exploring the Tech Galaxy With Longevity Explorers

By Matt Perry Richard Caro is a tightrope walker. A successful entrepreneur with decades of experience in bringing high-tech products to market, he’s most recently turned his attention to aging and product design. On the surface, his Longevity Explorers assess the quality of products and technology. Yet Caro knows his work is about something much deeper. “I had this light bulb experience early on,” Caro

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