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Palliative care helps critically ill children and reduces costs

September 10, 2012
By Heather Tirado Gilligan The parents of critically ill children insured by Medi-Cal once had to choose between ongoing treatment and end-of-life care. A program to offer a third option, community-based palliative care, was launched in California in 2009. The program not only improves the quality of life for sick children and their families, it also saves the state money, a recent report found.

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Type 1 diabetes on the rise in California, United States

September 6, 2012
Type 1 diabetes on the rise in California, United States By Melissa Flores Michael Flowers, 12, remembers well what it was like when he was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Flowers was 8 when his mother first suspected he might have the illness because he had started drinking a lot of water and urinating frequently.

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Study: To measure poverty and determine aid, must consider cost of living

September 5, 2012
By Nicole Jones There’s more to consider than just a family's income when it comes to measuring poverty and its impact on a child’s well-being, a new study finds. The report by Child Trends Center, a non-profit research organization, is the first to examine the impact of geographic variations and cost of living on child outcomes.

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Heat illness still a problem despite progress

August 28, 2012
Seven years after a surge in heat-related deaths among farm workers prompted California to adopt the nation's strictest safety standards, the state has made progress on reducing fatalities in the fields. But more work still remains to be done. Joy Hepp reports.

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Not Your Grandma’s Senior Center

August 28, 2012
A San Diego senior center uses technology and human interaction to keep older adults healthy and independent as long as possible. Matt Perry reports.

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San Joaquin Valley seniors face foreclosures

August 28, 2012
By Clare Noonan It’s not news to residents of the eight-county San Joaquin Valley that the area has  been hard hit economically since 2008, when the housing bubble deflated. Many neighborhoods show signs of neglect as people unable to meet their mortgage obligations lose their homes to foreclosure. Among those facing this prospect in the central part of the state is a growing number of older homeowners.

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Report finds racial discrepancies in unemployment benefits

August 23, 2012
By Nicole Jones The Great Recession hit black workers the hardest, according to a recent report by The Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research organization.

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Last fire camp standing

August 21, 2012
Last fire camp standing By Callie Shanafelt Six fire camps once housed and rehabilitated young offenders. Since the juvenile system has been realigned, shifting low-level offenders back to the care of the county, five camps have closed. Is that change good for young offenders? The young men at the last fire camp standing don't seem to think so.

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ACA helps LA clinic provide affordable, comprehensive care

August 20, 2012
By Robert Fulton A clinic that's long helped Los Angeles' poor and uninsured gets a boost from the Affordable Care Act.

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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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