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A Clinic Serving All, Inspired By Islam

April 30, 2014

A Clinic Serving All, Inspired By Islam

By Robert Fulton

UMMA community clinic proves essential resource for better health in South Los Angeles.

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Working with Men to Stop Domestic Violence at its Source

April 29, 2014

Working with Men to Stop Domestic Violence at its Source

By Lily Dayton

“We can help one woman and keep her safe, but her abuser will very likely hurt someone else. So how can we stop triaging?”

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Study Finds Many Homeless Men Suffered Earlier Traumatic Brain Injuries

April 28, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Almost half of all homeless men whose case histories were reviewed by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada,  had suffered at least one traumatic brain injury (TBI) in their life, and 87 per cent of those injuries occurred before the men lost their homes.

Among the causes of the brain injuries were:

  • Violence (60 per cent)
  • Sports and recreation (44 per cent)
  • Car accidents and falls (42 per cent)

“It’s important for health care providers and others who work with homeless people to be aware of any history of TBI because of the links between such injuries and mental health issues, substance abuse, seizures and general poorer physical health,” said the lead author , Jane Topolovec-Vranic, MD,  a clinical researcher in the hospital’s Neuroscience Research Program

The fact that so many homeless men suffered a TBI before losing their home suggests such injuries could be a risk factor for becoming homeless added Dr.

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ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids

April 28, 2014

ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids

By Chris Richard

Before the ACA became law, California extended Medi-Cal coverage for former foster children until their 21st birthdays. In Los Angeles County, that deadline meant some 1,500 former foster youth lost their health coverage each year. Statewide estimates set the number at up to 5,000 youths a year. Now, the ACA guarantees access to health care services for former foster youth until age 26, just like other young people who can stay on their parents’ private insurance plans until that age.

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Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Remain Under Obamacare

April 27, 2014

Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Remain Under Obamacare

By Genevieve Bookwalter

When a patient at St. James Health Center needs mental health care, the first thing Susana Farina does is check insurance.

The type of insurance patients have — if they have any at all — determines what kind of doctor they can see and even the date of their appointments.

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Treating Alzheimer’s: Where East Meets West

April 27, 2014

Treating Alzheimer’s: Where East Meets West

Dale Bredesen has provocative theory about treating Alzheimer’s disease, one that takes a bold integrative approach to treating the disease and may help answer vexing riddles that have long perplexed researchers and drug manufacturers alike.

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How Healthy is Your County?

April 25, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

Where you live in California can significantly influence your health, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings report.

Marin County ranked as the healthiest county in the state, and Lake County as the least healthy.

“Education and income and employment in particular have the greatest impact on health outcomes,” Kate Konkle, associate researcher at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, told California Healthline.

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A Class Robot Helps Kids with Autism

April 25, 2014

A Class Robot Helps Kids with Autism

By Pamela K. Johnson

An 8-year-old boy with autism ran up to a booth where a small robot named Nao sat on a display table at a technology conference a few years ago. Nao was “looking” around. When the child touched the robot’s shiny white and blue body, its sensors engaged, and it turned its head and began to ask the boy questions in a pleasant, computerized voice.

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A Mobile Medical Home: Vans Bring the Clinic to Patients

April 24, 2014

A Mobile Medical Home: Vans Bring the Clinic to Patients

By Amy DePaul

A guitarist plucked a folksy melody as families strolled around Irvine’s Great Park on a recent Sunday. That’s when Araceli Lopez from Lake Forest spotted the Smile Mobile, a fully equipped RV that brings dental services to locations around Orange County. She quickly volunteered her three daughters for an impromptu checkup.

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An Increasing Number of US Elderly Are Dealing with Hunger

April 24, 2014

By Fran Kritz

One in 12 American older people regularly go hungry, according to a new study. Researchers at University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The report also shows that seniors who go hungry also face negative health and nutrition consequences.

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