Month: September 2016

Death Radio: Dr. Ruth Meets Car Talk

By Matt Perry From Death Cafes to conscious dying and California’s new assisted dying law, death seems to be a topic on everyone’s mind. In what is evidently the nation’s first radio show to explore death on a regular basis, Dying to Talk begins its weekly run this Sunday at 8 a.m. on San Francisco’s KALW 91.7. The show also streams online. Host Dr. Dawn

Measure Taxing E Cigarettes, Tobacco Will go to Voters

The burgeoning electronic cigarette industry is on the defensive in California this year as the debate over the devices moves to the November ballot. If approved by the voters, Prop 56 would levy hefty taxes on so-called vaping devices and add $2 per pack to the price of traditional tobacco burning cigarettes.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Allowing Fragile Children to Keep Doctors for 1 Year

By Hannah Guzik Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow some of California’s most medically fragile children to keep the health services they rely on. Senate Bill 586 aims to prevent potentially life-threatening disruptions in care while the state restructures California Children’s Services, a health program for children with certain chronic conditions, including cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, cerebral palsy, heart disease and cancer.

Outreach to At-Risk Communities Crucial to Diabetes Prevention

By Linda Childers

At the senior center in Kerman, Calif., Rosendo Iniguez demonstrates how to cook a more healthful version of empanadas. Although such traditional Latino dishes are typically high in calories, fat and carbs, Iniguez is showing how diabetics can create healthier versions by making simple substitutions.

USC Report: Latino dementia and costs rising rapidly

By Matt Perry Every year another potential “breakthrough” in dementia treatment is trumpeted as potential salvation. But there’s just one problem. While these studies often show an improvement in plaque buildup on the brain – think of plaque buildup on your teeth – there’s no proof that plaque itself is the sole cause of Alzheimer’s disease, the most pernicious form of dementia. Alzheimer’s may in

State Seeking Innovative Ideas on How to Improve Social Determinants of Health

By Hannah Guzik California public health officials are asking residents to share their ideas on how to boost health statewide while both lowering costs and improving care. The California Health and Human Services Agency and Department of Public Health announced last week that people can submit ideas online through Oct. 12 as part of the state’s second innovation challenge. Finalists will be selected and announced

GirlTrek Helps African-American Women Find Better Health

By Linda Childers

When Kendria McKnight of Elk Grove, Calif., first started walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, she hoped to lower her blood pressure. She did that and much more. McKnight’s treks became part of a free national movement designed to improve the health of black women across the country one step at a time.

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