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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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Crime-fighting plans all lead to hot spot policing

July 24, 2012
Crime-fighting plans all lead to hot spot policing

By Nicole Jones

Hot spot policing is an increasingly popular crime-fighting tactic, taken up by cities including Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton and San Jose. Proponents say it’s the best use of the police force, especially in cities where the number of police is shrinking. But critics say it may lead to over-policing in low-income neighborhoods.

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Latest numbers show California regaining strength

July 22, 2012

Think California’s economy is bad? It certainly hasn’t returned to full health since the ravages of the Great Recession. But a couple of pieces of economic data released Friday show once again that the state is not the job-killing machine that some try to paint it as.

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