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State to award computer contract for health insurance marketplace

May 31, 2012

California’s new Health Benefit Exchange – the online consumer portal that will be at the center of federal health reform – took a major step Thursday toward implementing the controversial law that could extend insurance coverage to millions of Californians.

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Changing a Merced school, one Tiger Dad at a time

May 31, 2012

Changing a Merced school, one Tiger Dad at a time

Where are all the dads? When a Merced middle-school principal found himself asking that question at a parent-teacher conference, he reached out to fathers and asked them to come to the school. The Tiger Dads club soon formed. Clare Noonan reports.

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Aging with Dignity and Independence

May 30, 2012

Aging with dignity and independence is the ability to live life to its fullest in the place you call home regardless of age, illness or disability. While we all like to picture ourselves growing older in a healthy way, the reality is that 70 percent of people over the age of 65 will need help with daily activities at some point in their lives — for an average of three years. This care can touch every aspect of your life — from how you live to where you live — and it can be very costly. Unfortunately, you never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation, or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination.

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Dentist shortage leading to more emergencies

May 30, 2012

By Callie Shanafelt

The lack of dentists and specialists in rural Californian counties is leading to high rates of tooth decay and preventable dental emergencies, especially among low-income residents.

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Project focuses on keeping patients well

May 29, 2012

Project focuses on keeping patients well

Confused about that new health care buzz word — the “medical home” ? A project in Fresno is exploring the potential of that model and finding it helpful. Here’s a story that explains what it’s all about.

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Older Californians Stand Tall, Avoid Falls

May 28, 2012

Falls are the number one cause of injury – and death – for seniors in California and across the nation. They are also the largest single contributor to nursing home admissions – a staggering financial burden for both families and governments who shoulder the high costs of assisted living. Yet a number of experts and programs around the state are helping California become a leader in fall prevention awareness and training. In a state whose over-65 population is expected to be more than 10 million by 2040 – nearly one in five citizens – this is welcome news. Matt Perry has the story.

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How fit is your city?

May 24, 2012

Minneapolis-St. Paul is the nation’s fittest big city, with San Francisco fourth and Sacramento sixth, according to the latest rankings from the American College of Sports Medicine. Los Angeles, despite its well known worship of the tan, fit body, was only 38th of the 50 big cities in the rankings.

The report, known as the American Fitness Index, reflects a composite of “preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access and community resources and policies that support physical activity,” according to the college.

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Bringing sexual health awareness to API celebrations

May 24, 2012

By Marnette Federis

Getting information out to Asian Pacific Islanders about sexual health and HIV is important, according to advocates, because the topics are taboo. “From my experience, as an Asian American, these are topics we don’t about, it’s hush, hush,” said Ethan Giang, an HIV program specialist with the Asian Americans for Community Involvement, a group within the Asian HIV/AIDS Collaborative of Santa Clara, which sponsored the San Jose event. “HIV, sexual health and homophobia it’s all a part of that.”

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Black students in Oakland face harsher discipline

May 23, 2012

By Mary Flynn

Black students in Oakland public schools face harsher discipline, miss more school, and are likelier to dropout than white males, new research says.

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Removing the Stigma from Mental Illness

May 23, 2012

By Suzanne Potter

“She would tell me about these conversations that we had, that I couldn’t remember. And I’ve got a good memory. So she’s relating my responses. And some of them sounded like me and others didn’t. So I’m thinking, ‘Did we have this conversation? Did this happen?’” Ron Oden recently recalled his Felicia’s battle with paranoid schizophrenia at a Summit on Mental Illness hosted by the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative (CVHC) at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus. The Mental Health Summit is the first part of a campaign funded by a $100,000 grant from Riverside County to improve awareness of mental health issues, increase access to treatment, and reduce stigma.

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