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Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

July 27, 2013
Nine bills aim to provide clean drinking across the state

By Lynn Graebner

Despite the fact that there is some money available for interim fixes and emergency drinking water, many residents of disadvantaged communities throughout California have gone for years, sometimes decades, paying for both contaminated tap water and bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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Grandma Knows Best… For The Planet

June 23, 2013

Every child knows that when trouble strikes, when mom and dad just don’t understand, there’s always one person who will listen until everything is better. Grandma. Recent research, in fact, indicates that grandmothers who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia may actually gain more empathy for the world around them. But can 13 grandmothers from around the globe help save the planet? Matt Perry’s latest column on aging with dignity.

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To combat poverty, information is key

May 22, 2013

By Suzanne Potter

In the past two years, poverty rates in Riverside County rose from 12 percent to about 14 percent, according to the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Riverside, the agency charged with doing something about it.

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‘Show Me The Money’

April 28, 2013

Imagine taking a job without knowing how much you’ll be paid. Or having your car fixed without knowing the cost. That’s how state health insurers and our most vulnerable patients – the old, sick, and poor – feel about California’s latest plan to squeeze them into a new managed care program that may be woefully unprepared for a transition scheduled for the fall. Officially announced in March and dubbed the Cal MediConnect program, the initiative targets patients who are eligible for both Medicare because they are either elderly or disabled and Medi-Cal because they are poor. The government calls these people “dual eligibles” because they qualify for both health programs. Matt Perry’s latest column on aging with dignity.

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April 3, 2013

Preventive measures and an active, healthy lifestyle are without question the best way to maintain good health and keep down health care costs for everyone, and the California Endowment and UC Davis want to spread that message far and wide.

The Endowment’s Health Happens Here campaign promotes the idea that people live longer, healthier lives when communities have access to healthy and affordable choices where they live, work, play and learn.

UC Davis is following the Health Happens Here model to help its students achieve healthy, vibrant lifestyles in an integrative wellness campaign that can be replicated at college campuses everywhere.

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Electric vehicles are good for our health

February 13, 2013

Want to improve your health? Drive an electric vehicle. Ok, so maybe that is overstating it a bit. Beyond improving your psychic well being, an electric car will have a negligible impact on your individual health. However, if everyone were to start driving Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs), the cumulative impact on public health would be dramatic.

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More minorities needed in marrow registry

February 6, 2013
More minorities needed in marrow registry

By Melissa Flores

There are 10 million potential donors registered in the United States for the 10,000 patients who annually are in need of a marrow transplant, but patients who are part of an ethnic minority have a harder time than others finding a donor.

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Poll: Rural Californians back wide action to fight obesity

January 22, 2013

The vast majority of registered voters in rural California say obesity is a serious problem nationally and in their communities, and many say they wish business, government, community groups and individuals were doing more to fight the problem, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

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The DNA of Disparities

January 21, 2013
The DNA of Disparities

By Mary Flynn

Everybody carries the potential for diseases in their genes, but that potential doesn’t always result in illnesses. What flips the genetic switch to create disease in some people and not in others? And even more critically, why is it that those who have ongoing exposure to stress—living in a violent neighborhood or below the poverty level, for example—are more prone to such diseases? Answers may be found in dark matter.

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Seizing the chance to redefine aging

January 21, 2013

This week Matt Perry, who has been covering aging issues for Healthy Cal for more than a year, begins a twice-monthly column on aging with dignity. Matt’s columns will explore the public policy and private innovations that make an independent life more accessible to older adults — and issues that stand in the way of seniors living the way they’d like. His first piece takes a personal look at his mother’s recent battle with Alzheimers, and what it taught him about the potential — and lost opportunities — of our aging generation. See his first column here.

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