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Activism: A Complete Workout for the Aging Body and Brain

March 31, 2014

Activism:  A Complete Workout for the Aging Body and Brain

By Matt Perry

Activism among the aging can help the brain and the body stay young.

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Medi-Cal Doctors Have Yet to See Pay Boost Required by Obamacare

March 31, 2014

Medi-Cal Doctors Have Yet to See Pay Boost Required by Obamacare

State, managed-care plans slow to distribute funds, hurting low-income residents 

By Hannah Guzik

Everyday George Ma waits for the money the state owes him.

The internist, who sees some of Los Angeles’ most destitute residents and receives meager reimbursement, was supposed to get a pay boost beginning in January 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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New Resource on End of Life Care from the National Institutes of Health

March 28, 2014

By Fran Kritz

The National Institutes of Health has just launched a new internet resource tool, called the End of Life Module, on end of life care. The resource provides users with information about the most common issues faced by people nearing the end of life, and their caregivers.

“Few of us are comfortable talking about death, our own or a loved one’s.

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Woman’s Hospital Part of a Trend Toward Improving Women’s Medical Care

March 28, 2014

Woman’s Hospital Part of a Trend Toward Improving Women’s Medical Care

By Fran Kritz

UCSF Medical Center is set to open a new woman’s hospital next year, one that is is part of a growing trend toward research and health care geared specifically to women’s needs.

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Insurers continue to charge patients after out-of-pocket maximums reached, advocates say

March 27, 2014

Insurers continue to charge patients after out-of-pocket maximums reached, advocates say

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

With three part-time jobs, a 14-month-old son with Down syndrome and two other children with autism, Lisa Carey has plenty to keep her busy.

So when the Los Angeles mother began receiving bills last year from her health insurance company asking her to pay more than she believed the policy called for, it was a hassle she could do without.

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ACA subsidies: $2 billion for California

March 27, 2014

Forty percent of Californians eligible for federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act had signed up for coverage by March 1, a level of participation that will translate into more than $2 billion in tax credits for those consumers over the next year, the Kaiser Family Foundation says in a new issue brief.

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Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

March 27, 2014

Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

By Callie Shanafelt

Doctor Paul Glassman has spent his 40-year dentistry career looking for ways to make going to the dentist more affordable and accessible.  As technology has evolved, so have his strategies. Glassman and his team at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry think they’ve found a way to serve millions more clients through virtual dentistry. The only problem is that current laws don’t allow it.

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Most in Need Have Least Access to Doctors in California

March 26, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

Where you live in California may determine how easy it is for you to see a doctor.

Those most in need of health care have the least access, according to a report released Wednesday by the California HealthCare Foundation.

In the Bay Area, for example, there were 86 primary-care physicians and 175 specialists per 100,000 people in 2011.

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Salty Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease in Obese Teens

March 26, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.

Previous studies have shown that protective ends on chromosomes, called telomeres, naturally shorten with age, but the process is accelerated by smoking, lack of physical activity and high body fat.

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Medicare Extends Mental Health Benefits; Patients Find Doctor Shortage

March 26, 2014

Medicare Extends Mental Health Benefits; Patients Find Doctor Shortage

By Alisha Wyman

Medicare coverage for outpatient mental health care is now in line with medical coverage, thanks to a law that closed the gap as of Jan. 1.

Experts say it’s a step in dispelling long-standing disparities between the two, but the change addresses only one of many hurdles in providing seniors with adequate mental health care.

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