By Ian McLaughlin
Nationwide, type 2 diabetes affects more than 20.9 million children and adults. California has not been immune; in fact, diabetes diagnoses in the state have increased by 35 percent over the past decade, becoming an unfortunate part of life for many of California’s citizens.
By 2011, Californians with diabetes comprised almost one-third of the state’s hospital stays among adults age 35 or older.
By Anne Kelsey Lamb
May 6 marks World Asthma Day, and it also marks the release of a major study on climate, the National Climate Assessment. The timing may be coincidental, but the connection isn’t: climate change represents a major new threat to health and is already contributing to increases in asthma around the globe. California has much to do to protect the health and environments of its residents.
By Ronald Fong. M.D.
While medical schools graduate a lot of students who have been trained in family medicine, most new doctors eventually choose to practice as specialists in fields like radiology, anesthesiology, and dermatology. That gap has helped create a shortage of primary care physicians, in California and nationally. One Sacramento program is using community connections to build more interest in family medicine.
By Drew Altman
Studies show that health care costs have been rising more slowly than at any time in the last fifty years, but the American people think they are rising faster than ever. Who’s right, the experts or the public? They both are, they just look at the problem from different perspectives.
By Rob Waters
Millions of Americans run out of money for food before the end of each month. A new study shows many may face serious health risks.
About one in seven American households can’t consistently afford to buy food and most people who receive SNAP benefits—better known as food stamps—run out before the end of the third week.
By Herbert A. Sample
As a 50-something, self-employed California resident repeatedly denied health insurance through the private market, I was looking forward to getting covered by the Affordable Care Act. Well, it looks like I have accomplished that, and I will have better, more secure coverage at a lower price than I ever could have found otherwise. But getting there wasn’t easy.
By Carolyn Newbergh
Cries that we live in a nanny state that protects people who need no protection ignore an extraordinary fact: public health measures have had a long, proud history in this country and are all around us, reducing harm and disease and enabling people to live longer, fuller, and more productive lives, speakers told a recent state Senate subcommittee hearing.
By Margo Connolly
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a critical opportunity to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and help ensure greater access to services for those women battling breast cancer.
Dr. Nilesh Hingarh
Many vaccine-preventable illnesses previously thought to be eradicated have reemerged, and declining vaccination rates among some California communities and persistent misinformation about vaccines are in part to blame.
Thanks to scientific breakthroughs, Californians diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis don’t face a future in a wheelchair. But the benefits of these advances will only be fully realized once the legislature takes common-sense action to ensure that all patients have access to the treatments their doctors think best.