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Older, Wiser and Fighting Climate Change

March 27, 2017
Older, Wiser and Fighting Climate Change Mick Smyer launched the website Graying Green to help foster a social movement that would “energize older adults around what is arguably our most important issue.” And where others – including climate change scientists – only saw tired victims, Smyer saw possibilities.

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Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality

March 23, 2017
Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality Launched in 2013, the Asthma Impact Model, focuses on helping low-income families in the Central Valley better manage their children’s asthma, thus avoiding ER visits. The program was designed by the Central California Asthma Collaborative and Clinica Sierra Vista, a Fresno health clinic.

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Cabernet Over Chemo: 4 Physicians, 4 Lessons

March 21, 2017
Cabernet Over Chemo: 4 Physicians, 4 Lessons Long considered the step before hospice, palliative care can actually be offered at any stage of a serious illness and focuses on humane treatment. It is sometimes called “comfort care.” It’s quickly becoming mainstream just as hospice – unknown before the 1970s – has now become standard medical procedure for those with fewer than six months to live.

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Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus

March 20, 2017
Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus To combat high absentee rates, a Fresno middle school has put a health clinic on campus. It’s a full-blown clinic, which features primary-care services, pediatric care and immunizations. The school district said during a board meeting last year that the free clinics would be paid for by health providers and federal subsidies.

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Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall

March 12, 2017
Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall For youths on probation, the club is an Evening Reporting Center, which provides an alternative to juvenile hall. Those assigned to the center by the Ventura County Probation Agency must attend the Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center every day after school, usually for between 20 and 45 days.

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Lost in the Fog: Family Caregiving in California

March 11, 2017
Lost in the Fog: Family Caregiving in California Overwhelmed family caregivers feel lost and frustrated, unable to navigate a fragmented and confusing system of support that should integrate adult daycare, long-term care and respite care for exhausted caregivers, while educating families on complex topics like dementia.

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Slow Down: A Lesson From Caregivers and Millennials

March 7, 2017
At some point in our lives, if we don’t slow down on our own, we are forced to slow down. Early Baby Boomers are now in their 60’s. Many of them are still working, but they may eventually need caregivers.

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With Legalization of Marijuana, Health Teachers Struggle to Find Right Tone

March 6, 2017
With Legalization of Marijuana, Health Teachers Struggle to Find Right Tone Californians voted to legalize adult use of marijuana last November, but the change in law has introduced a quandary for health educators who teach teens about drug use.

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Health Care That Works: Solving The Curious Case of William Jay

March 6, 2017
Nearly everyone has a healthcare horror story. For William and Madeline Jay, theirs is worse than most.

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