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Study: Wide Diversity in Risk Factors, Diseases and Lifestyle Habits Among U.S. Latinos

February 28, 2014

By Fran Kritz

An analysis of data on over 16,000 Hispanic participants from a variety of countries finds wide variety in diseases, risk factors and lifestyles among people who identify as Hispanic in the U.S.

The data come from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), which enrolled about 16,415 Hispanic/Latino adults living in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx, N.Y., who self-identified with Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American origins.

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Clintons Push For Better Health

February 28, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea recently headlined the second annual Clinton Health Matters Conference in La Quinta, Calif. They announced $100 million in corporate pledges to improve health across the U.S., and $11 million of that money will go to the Coachella Valley. At the conference, speakers addressed a wide range of issues.

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Does Health Insurance Equal Health Care?

February 28, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

More than 4 million people have now signed up for the Affordable Care Act, President Obama announced this week, and most of those will likely go on to pay their premiums and receive health insurance.

But does health insurance equal health care?

In an Atlantic article this week, a doctor argues that it doesn’t, at least in some cases.

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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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Obama Initiative to Improve Lives of Young Men of Color Announced Today

February 27, 2014

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

President Obama will announce today an initiative aimed at improving the lives of young men of color.

The initiative, called My Brother’s Keeper, will seek solutions to the problems that face boys and young men of color in a public-private partnership supported by a roster of major foundations, including the Ford Foundation, the Annie E Casey Foundation, the W.K.

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Falling Through the Cracks: Thousands of Low-income Residents May Have Lost Health Coverage

February 27, 2014

Falling Through the Cracks: Thousands of Low-income Residents May Have Lost Health Coverage

By Hannah Guzik

Martha Luque has diabetes, so she knew she needed health insurance. But the 60-year-old apartment manager almost lost coverage this year, because of the shifting landscape of California health programs.

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Institute of Medicine Convenes New Obesity Roundtable

February 26, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Public health, obesity, school, business and community experts convened in Washington, D.C. last week at the inaugural workshop of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) new Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. The Roundtable will spend the next few years holding meetings, public workshops and innovation collaboratives and producing background papers with a goal of creating consensus on strategies to prevent and reduce obesity said Bill Purcell, co-chair of the Roundtable, who previously was the mayor of Nashville, Tenn.

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Coaxing the Coachella Valley to Sign Up for Insurance

February 26, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

The Inland Empire is on track to meet the state’s goal of enrolling 76,069 people from the region into plans from the Covered California insurance exchange, according to figures just released.  Enrollment hit 39,474 during the first half of the sign-up period, which is 52% of the goal.

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Food and Drug Administration Orders End to Sale and Distribution of Four Tobacco Products

February 25, 2014

By Fran Kritz

In its first such act since gaining tobacco regulatory authority five years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued orders to stop the further sale and distribution of four tobacco products that are currently on the market.

Under the Family Protection and Tobacco Control Act passed in 2009, the FDA must review all tobacco product applications to determine whether the products are substantially equivalent to products that had already been on the market as of February 15, 2007, known as “predicate” products.

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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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