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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.

When the now 41-year-old married father of a 10-year-old girl heard about plans for Fair Oaks EcoHousing near Sacramento, he and his family quickly signed on board.

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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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Measles cases on the rise

March 14, 2014

Confirmed cases of measles in California have increased ten times over last year at this time, the California Department of Public Health reported Friday.

The department said 32 confirmed cases have been confirmed so far this year compared to just three at this time a year ago.

“Immunization is the best defense against measles, with 99 percent of persons developing immunity after two doses,” Dr.

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Study: Doctors are Primary Source of Prescription Opioids for High-Risk Users

March 14, 2014

Study: Doctors are Primary Source of Prescription Opioids for High-Risk Users

By Leah Bartos

Physicians are a leading source of prescription opioids for those at the highest risk for abuse, according new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, published last Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine, undermine a popular belief that people who abuse narcotic pain relievers — including hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone — obtain them without a prescription.

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A farmer’s market on wheels

March 13, 2014

A farmer’s market on wheels

By Lorena Anderson

Even in California’s fertile Central Valley – where 25 percent of the nation’s produce is grown – many people go without fresh fruit or vegetables — because they can’t afford them or don’t have a story nearby that sells them.

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New Report Details How the ACA is Faring in California

February 28, 2014

New Report Details How the ACA is Faring in California

By Fran Kritz

California was the first state under the microscope as the Kaiser Family Foundation last week began a multi-state review of how previously uninsured people are faring under the Affordable Care Act (ACA.)

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New Study Looks at Why Flu is Minor for Some, Serious and Even Fatal for Others

February 25, 2014

New Study Looks at Why Flu is Minor for Some, Serious and Even Fatal for Others

By Fran Kritz

In California, deaths from flu have soared this year over 2013 according to information recently released by the California Department of Public Health. The number of confirmed flu-related deaths as of February 14 for the state was 243, strikingly higher than the 26 deaths confirmed by the same point last year.

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California Expands Palliative Care Efforts Through Nurse Training and the State’s First Outpatient Center

February 14, 2014

California Expands Palliative Care Efforts Through Nurse Training and the State’s First Outpatient Center

By Linda Childers

When Janna Woods was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last May, the Cupertino resident was unsure how she could possibly cope with the chronic back pain that had plagued her for years, combined with the onset of cancer pain.

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