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Health Grants Go to Small Communities With Innovative Approaches to Obesity, Smoking

November 24, 2014

Health Grants Go to Small Communities With Innovative Approaches to Obesity, Smoking

Created in 2012 by the Affordable Care Act and administered through the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the two-year grants are intended to prevent chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

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California Skimps on Diabetes Prevention

September 28, 2014

California Skimps on Diabetes Prevention

By Robin Urevich

Diabetes afflicts one in 12 Californians. It causes early death and disability for millions and costs the state $27.6 billion annually in health care and related expenses.

In 20 years, diabetes rates are expected to double in the United States.

But the disease doesn’t have to wreak that kind of havoc.

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Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

August 28, 2014

Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

By Lorena Anderson

More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

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Innovation Programs Aim to Improve Care for Seniors and the Poor, But Are the Results Reliable?

June 17, 2014

Innovation Programs Aim to Improve Care for Seniors and the Poor, But Are the Results Reliable?

By Genevieve Bookwalter

Donald Vidal has had both of his knees replaced, but the 85-year-old Novato resident experienced different levels of care with each procedure. Although the same surgeon performed both operations, during the second one Vidal was part of a federal pilot program that aims to improve care and save money.

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Biodynamic Farming Grows in California

June 17, 2014

Biodynamic Farming Grows in California

By Lisa Renner

Described as a “spiritual-ethical-ecological” approach to agriculture by the Biodynamic Association, biodynamics goes much further than organic farming. Under the rules of the biodynamic-certifying agency the Demeter Association, the farms must not only eliminate synthetic chemicals, but they must be as self-sustaining as possible, grow a variety of crops and incorporate animals.

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Diabetics account for nearly 1/3 of hospital stays

May 15, 2014

We’ve long known that diabetes and its related illnesses cause havoc in people’s lives and drive up health care costs, but a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has quantified the damage done with a sobering new statistic: nearly one-third of hospital stays by Californians age 35 and older involve a person who has been diagnosed with diabetes.

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Activists, Refinery Neighbors Start to Monitor Air Quality

April 24, 2014

Activists, Refinery Neighbors Start to Monitor Air Quality

By Chris Richard

Residents in the most polluted neighborhood of Los Angeles band together to keep tabs on air quality.

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Co-Housing Entices Families and Seniors

April 22, 2014

Co-Housing Entices Families and Seniors

By Lisa Renner

Greg Kelly was looking for an alternative to the isolation that can come with suburban living. He hated how in many suburban neighborhoods, people barely interact with their neighbors, spend most of their time in cars and struggle to keep their families going all on their own.

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Drought, Shutdown of Rancho Feeding Corp. Could Cripple Regrowth of California’s Independent, Grass-fed Livestock Producers

April 10, 2014

Drought, Shutdown of Rancho Feeding Corp. Could Cripple Regrowth of California’s Independent, Grass-fed Livestock Producers

By Angela Woodall

The Rancho slaughterhouse was a critical piece of the supply chain for sustainable, local meat, leaving consumers with fewer alternatives to factory-farmed meats, despite the growing demand.

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Concern Building Over Added Sugars

March 20, 2014

Concern Building Over Added Sugars

By Alisha Wyman

New research shows that sugar is not as innocuous as it once seemed. And most American adults consume more than is recommended, with sugary drinks being our primary vice.

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