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Latin American doctors fill U.S. physician shortages

June 11, 2013
By Rosa Ramirez UCLA's International Medical Graduate program woos Mexican doctors to the United States to fill the looming primary care physician shortage in California.

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In Wealthy Santa Clara County, Peer Advocates Help Struggling Seniors

June 10, 2013
More than 15,000 in well-heeled Santa Clara county seniors live in poverty, taking home less than about $900 a month. And one in four older adults – nearly 50,000 seniors – live “near poverty” – less than twice the federal poverty level. When factoring in the true costs of living in this expensive area, nearly half of the county’s older adults are considered impoverished. The Senior Peer Advocate program – or SPA – was spawned by the Santa Clara County’s Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County in hopes of connecting seniors with essential services -- in particular affordable housing and transportation. Matt Perry's latest column on aging with dignity.

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Train to nowhere or cutting edge vision?

June 10, 2013
Depending on your point of view, California’s plan for high-speed rail might be either a $69 billion fast train to nowhere or a visionary project that will keep the Golden State on the cutting edge of environmental protection and transportation technology. The voters have weighed in once in favor of the idea, and the Legislature and two governors -- one from each party -- have repeatedly pressed forward with the project. But a superior court judge in Sacramento now holds the train’s fate in his hands. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Pilot project serves free summer lunch to kids in libraries

June 10, 2013
Pilot project serves free summer lunch to kids in libraries By Lily Dayton For some, the library serves as ad hoc daycare while their parents are at work. For others, the library is a safe place to escape the streets. Many kids show up in the morning and stay all day—but few have food, or money to buy a meal.

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How caps on profits are working out

June 6, 2013
How caps on profits are working out New federal rules limiting how much insurance companies can spend on administration and profit are saving consumers more than $2 billion a year, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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New insurance market taking shape

June 2, 2013
California’s new health insurance marketplace is starting to come into focus as a state agency in charge of implementing President Obama’s federal health reform steadily adds more and more detail to the emerging picture, like a painter filling in a vast canvass. But exactly how the final image will look to consumers remains a bit murky. And we probably won’t know the answer until after the health benefits exchange, known as Covered California, opens for business Oct. 1. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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A last chance for San Diego kids

May 30, 2013
A unique San Diego diversion program may be the last chance for many troubled local kids to stay out of the criminal justice system.

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Your personal fitness data intrigues academics

May 28, 2013
Your personal fitness data intrigues academics Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Irvine have launched a project to examine the potential of using data from personal fitness monitors to help scientists explore public health and social science issues.

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California is richest, poorest state

May 27, 2013
It’s fair to say that California is the richest state in the nation. We have more millionaires than any other state, and mansions dot our coastal bluffs and inland canyons. But California is also, arguably, the poorest state in the nation. We have more people in poverty -- 6.1 million -- and more children in poverty than any other state. Even more ominously, a new measure of poverty shows that California has the highest percentage of its population living below the poverty line. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Designers eye vast market: older adults

May 26, 2013
Retailers and the designers who work for them are beginning to eye a vast new market: older adults with a taste for style and money to spend. Matt Perry's latest column on aging with dignity.

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