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What is it about giving thanks that makes us healthy?

November 24, 2014

By Eric Nelson
In remarks made to a conference convened this summer by Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), renowned gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons explained why giving thanks is so appealing to so many. “Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives,” he said. More specifically, gratitude increases our emotional well-being, improves our capacity to get along with others, decreases depression and increases our resilience after suffering emotional or physical harm.

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Prevention-Based Policy Solutions for Ending California’s Diabetes Epidemic

May 16, 2014

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.

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Asthma Sufferers Face New Challenge in Climate Change

May 5, 2014

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.

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Making connections to boost family medicine

April 4, 2014

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.

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Health Cost Growth Is Down, Or Not. It Depends Who You Ask

March 5, 2014

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.

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New Study Reveals the Hidden Health Cost of Cutting Food Stamps

January 7, 2014

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.

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Obamacare and Me, California-style

December 16, 2013

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.

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Public Health Protections Are Not Sign of a Nanny State

October 31, 2013

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.

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22,000 California women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year

October 23, 2013

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.

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Vaccinations Key to Healthy, Resilient California Communities

August 4, 2013

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.

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