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For uninsured, methadone treatment hard to secure

August 15, 2012
By Julia Landau Lance Robinson got into treatment through a kind of methadone lottery, where the prize is six months of free treatment. Call an 800-number on Tuesday at 12:30; the first caller to get through gets on the list. A yearly grant from Alameda County pays for roughly twelve free slots a year. Slots are coveted and the line is terminally busy.

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NPs on the frontlines

August 14, 2012
NPs on the frontlines By Rosa Ramirez Nurse practitioner Patricia Dennehy leads Glide Health Services in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, the only nurse-run clinic on the West Coast. There, she's practicing what may become a a model for medicine's future - providing primary care without doctors.

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Riding the Silver Tsunami

August 13, 2012
Long-term care facilities across the country are trying new alternatives for engaging older adults by using various pathways: art, nature, music, animals, dance, literature and friendship. The groundswell of adventurous programming is riding the wave of America’s “silver tsunami,” changing the way older adults are perceived and cared for. Matt Perry has the story.

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Chevron refinery fire aftermath

August 9, 2012
Chevron refinery fire aftermath By Nicole Jones Chevron, Contra Costa County and Richmond city officials addressed an angry crowd of residents at a town hall meeting in Richmond earlier this week over growing concerns from Monday’s Chevron refinery fire. East Bay residents filled the floor of the Civic Center gymnasium to demand transparency over what triggered the fire and the resulting health impacts.

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Agency offers in-home, palliative care to children

August 7, 2012
By Melissa Flores While there are many agencies that provide in-home help for adults with temporary, chronic and terminal illnesses, too few offer these services for children. That's where Coastal Kids Home Care comes in.

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A Helpline for Youth in Long Beach

August 6, 2012
By Jessica Portner On one bright summer evening, a counselor, Nathaniel San, is talking to a group of teens and preteens packed around two tables in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Central Long Beach. His summertime lessons in the high-crime neighborhood aren’t about the mechanics of math or the intricacies of biology. They are about managing anger by converting negatives into positives, thinking before doing, and knowing the consequences of one’s actions.

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Study: Anxiety disorder overdiagnosed in poor moms

August 1, 2012
By Nicole Jones Psychiatry continues to classify anxiety as an abnormal experience among people who are living in poverty, when stress is often a reasonable response to their circumstances. Their anxiety is not always psychiatric, but rather a reaction to severe environmental deficits as a result of living in poverty, according to a recent study.

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Center keeps elders on their feet

July 28, 2012
The innovative Amputation Prevention Center in Van Nuys uses a team approach and some novel procedures to save the limbs of people who would otherwise be headed for amputations. The center could be a model for advances that would keep more older adults living independently. Herbert A. Sample reports.

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Salinas hospital spurs legislation on CEO contracts

July 26, 2012
By Melissa Flores As Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s board of directors looks for a financial partner to pull it out of a bind that threatens future service in the community, a state politician is taking aim at one of the policies that put the Salinas hospital in a precarious state.

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Disabled kids more likely to be victimized

July 25, 2012
Disabled kids more likely to be victimized By Mary Flynn Children with disabilities are at nearly four times greater risk of being a victim of violence than those without a disability, according to a recent analysis. Advocates have long been aware that disabled children are at an increased risk of being exposed to violence, but the study revealed the extent of the problem for the first time.

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