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Lack of brain donations is hampering understanding of dementia in blacks

By Ann Gorman California Healthline|

Bending the trend, more employers are offering job-based health insurance

The shrinking unemployment rate has been a healthy turn for people with job-based benefits. Eager to attract help in a tight labor market and unsure of Obamacare’s future, large employers are newly committed to maintaining coverage for wo...

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News|

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  • Community

    San Bernardino Mountains camp offers hands-on experience for disabled

    Nearly 5,000 feet up in the San Bernardino Mountains — just up the road from the Crestline Soaring Society Glider Launch — is another treasure of San Bernardino County. AbilityFirst Camp Paivika, a summer camp program for children and adults with special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome — from mild to severe. At Camp Paivika, amid the towering ponderosa pines, Ashley McFarlin can spread her wings and forget the limitations of her...

    Michel Nolan
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  • Affordable Care Act

    Here’s what you need to know as Covered California rates go up in 2018

    Covered California on Tuesday said insurance rates will jump an average of 12.5 percent for next year, driven in part by uncertainty about the future of Obamacare. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, described 3 percent of premium increases as an “uncertainty surcharge,” fueled by the unclear future of the Affordable Care Act. Uncertainty about the law also will prompt a big private insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, to stop selling Covered California plans in...

    By Courtney Perkes cperkes@scng.com @cperkes on Twitter|

  • Parenting

    Paid parental leave may be the idea that transcends politics

    Tameka Henry takes care of her disabled husband, her 87-year-old grandfather and her four children, ages 10 to 16. Two of her kids have asthma. Her husband has a chronic intestinal condition, diabetes and congestive heart failure. He’s unemployed. Henry, who makes around $30,000 a year as a case administrator for a behavioral health care provider, saves up sick days and vacation time to use when someone in the family is sick or needs help. Her husband, she said, often needs...

    By Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News|

  • News

    How bedbugs are making an unwelcome comeback in Southern California

    Gary Shelton tossed clothes, a wooden bed frame, a director’s chair and cardboard boxes stuffed with papers from his community-activist campaigns. Other clothes the 68-year-old Long Beach man washed, dried and bagged. Then he waited. And waited. And waited. An exterminator sprayed his ninth-floor Plymouth West apartment three times for bedbugs — December, January and February. “If there is any evidence of bedbugs, they treat again,” he...

    David Downey
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  • Child and teen health

    Home nursing visits provide wide-ranging benefits for mothers, young children

    Children born to low-income, first-time mothers who received home nursing visits showed increased mental health, stronger social and emotional development and academic gains, according to researchers who analyzed the impact of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, one of the largest home visiting programs in the country. Researchers also found the program reduces anxiety and improves the parenting skills of mothers. It also has a positive impact on home environments and behavior skills...

    By Ashley Hopkinson EdSource|

  • Prescription drugs

    Drugmakers pay for influence as anger rises

    Two federal investigations — one examining opioid sales, another about a multiple sclerosis drug whose price had soared to $34,000 a vial — were only part of the troubles Mallinckrodt faced as the year began. The stock of the drugmaker, whose United States headquarters are in St. Louis, was tanking. Wall Street worried that Medicare might reduce the half-billion dollars it was spending yearly on a Mallinckrodt drug with limited evidence of effectiveness. This year,...

    By Jay Hancock, Elizabeth Lucas and Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News|

  • Addiction and substance abuse

    Chicago giving departing inmates overdose-reversing drug

    CHICAGO >> Chicago now gives at-risk inmates the overdose-reversing drug naloxone upon their release from jail and Los Angeles is poised to follow suit, putting the antidote in as many hands as possible as part of a multifaceted approach to combatting the nation’s opioid epidemic. The Cook County Jail in Chicago, which is the largest single-site jail in the country, has trained about 900 inmates how to use naloxone nasal spray devices since last summer and has distributed...

    By DON BABWIN Associated Press|

  • Health

    Possibility of tainted water sparks warning for Joshua Tree residents: Boil your water

    Officials with the Joshua Basin Water District issued an emergency directive Friday morning advising its customers to boil tap water before cooking or drinking. “Due to ... a mainline water break off Center and Dixie Roads, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Health Department and Joshua Basin Water District, are advising residents of Joshua Tree to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking...

    Doug Saunders
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  • Access to health care

    GOP dealt stiff blow in Senate’s bid to repeal ‘Obamacare’

    WASHINGTON >> Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump’s agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol. Unable to pass even a so-called “skinny repeal,” it was unclear if Senate Republicans could advance any health bill despite seven years of promises to repeal “Obamacare.” “This is clearly a...

    By Erica Werner and Alan Fram The Associated Press|

  • Veterans

    Long Beach Marine, other vets trace illnesses to open-air burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan

    The last casualties of war die at home, yet that is when we look away. No more; and certainly not when we’re talking about war deaths connected to the burn pits of Iraq and Afghanistan. A decade ago, Marine Sgt. Brian Alvarado of Long Beach patrolled and supervised burn pits in Iraq, getting rid of everything from plastics and metals to chemicals and human waste. Today, he consumes food through a stomach tube, a side effect of the diseases that have ravaged his...

    By David Whiting dwhiting@scng.com @DavidWhiting on Twitter|

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