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As California ages, demand soars for geriatricians

July 25, 2016
As California ages, demand soars for geriatricians

As California ages, demands soars for geriatricians. from California Health Report on Vimeo.

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Retailers roll with new restriction on tobacco sales to minors

July 25, 2016
Retailers roll with new restriction on tobacco sales to minors

 

By Lisa Renner

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.

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

July 21, 2016

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.

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

July 20, 2016

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.

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How uniting kids, elders helps both

July 18, 2016
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.

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As Undocumented Children Enroll in Medi-Cal, Some Clinics See Uptick in Patients

July 14, 2016
As Undocumented Children Enroll in Medi-Cal, Some Clinics See Uptick in Patients The state is working with health care providers and Medi-Cal managed health plans to prepare for the influx of new patients, Cava said. However, many clinics contacted by the California Health Report said it’s too soon to tell what the impact of the expansion will be on their patient numbers.

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

July 11, 2016

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 state.

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Transgender Patients Find Medical Home in L.A.

July 5, 2016
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.

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The debate over marijuana legalization and kids

July 4, 2016
The debate over marijuana legalization and kids

By Lisa Renner

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?

Opinion from public officials and advocates is sharply divided as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” initiative has qualified for a place on the November ballot.

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

July 4, 2016
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.

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