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LA cancer screening center closes doors

July 29, 2010

The Elizabeth Center for Cancer Detection in Los Angeles — one of the oldest cancer screening clinics in California — plans to shut down today after treating its last patients. The center is a victim of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to freeze enrollment in a cancer screening program for low-income women on Jan. 1 and pay for routine mammograms only for women after the age of 50. Those moves caused an abrupt drop in the Elizabeth Center’s patient load and revenues, which had already been strained as its costs exceeded what it was earning from the state. HealthyCal correspondent Megan Baier has the story.

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Research shows dental care disparities among white, minority children

July 28, 2010

Latino and African American children in Medicaid have high rates of tooth decay but visit dentists less often than children with private insurance, according to a new article in the journal Health Affairs. But the racial and ethnic disparities go beyond economic status. Latino and African American children with private insurance are less likely than white children to see a dentist, and they go longer between visits. And Latino and African American children in Medicaid are more likely than white children in Medicaid to go longer between trips to the dentist.

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El Monte Links Health and Wellness to New “Tree Power” Project

July 28, 2010

The city of El Monte is changing the health of its residents by changing the landscape. With the help of a nonprofit partner and 740 new trees, El Monte is creating an urban forest to remedy its unique environmental and health challenges.

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You are what you eat…if you can find it.

July 27, 2010

A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy food choices, but for some people, finding healthy food can be a big challenge. See Dr. Ashby Wolfe’s latest blog post.

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Schwarzenegger: No budget til he leaves office?

July 26, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger caused a stir in the Capitol Monday when he told reporters he wouldn’t sign a budget that didn’t include long-term reforms, even if it means the state goes without a new spending plan until he leaves office in January.

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CeaseFire tries to quell gang violence

July 25, 2010

The CeaseFire program is bringing law enforcement, government and community leaders together to stop the cycle of gang violence by focusing intensely on the small number of individuals who are responsible for most of the violence. At-risk youth and ex-cons are surrounded by support and services to help them join mainstream society and abandon their violent ways. HealthyCal contributor Nik Bonovich has the story.

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Feds give consumers right to independent appeal

July 22, 2010

The Obama Administration has rolled out new rules giving consumers the right to an independent appeal when a health insurance company denies their claim, a system similar to one that has been in place in California for many years.

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Cancer screening clinics might shut down

July 20, 2010

Hundreds of California clinics that provide low-income women with free mammograms and cervical exams are fighting to stay open this summer because of changes in patient eligibility rules and a state budget that is already weeks late with no deal in sight. HealthyCal correspondent Megan Baier has the story.

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Before you vote, read these

July 20, 2010

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just posted its non-partisan analyses of all of the propositions on the November ballot. If you read or listen to nothing else before the election, read these. They are always the single best place to get grounded on what the props would do and how much they would cost.

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Public health officials up warning about whooping cough

July 19, 2010

California’s Department of Public Health stepped up its warning about the spread of whooping cough today, urging more state residents to get the vaccine to protect against the disease known as pertussis.

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