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Employees call new UC health plans discriminatory

October 6, 2013
Employees call new UC health plans discriminatory By Hannah Guzik In the event of a health emergency, Jorge Luis Castillo will soon have a nail-biting choice: Go to the hospital in town and face shouldering as much as 20 percent of the costs, up to several thousand dollars, or spend about an hour in the car to get to a hospital that’s fully covered by his insurance.

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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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