By Fran Kritz
Just ahead of the first anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement calling for an end to gun violence. Gun violence has continued unabated in the 12 months since the Sandy Hook killings, the statement says: “Every day about 7 children are killed in the U.S.
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By Genevieve Bookwalter A Missouri marketing company has applied for permits to sell tobacco at dozens of bars and clubs around San Francisco, a move that surprised both public health officials and bar owners who said they had no idea someone was applying to sell tobacco at their establishments without permission.
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In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, a bus traveling from Newtown to Monroe, Conn., stops in front of 26 angels along the roadside on the first day of classes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students since the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting. Chalk Hill School in Monroe was overhauled so Sandy Hook students could be relocated to a different building after the shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, where 26 were gunned down inside the school building in Newtown.
People in the San Francisco Bay Area rate California’s quality of life as high. Among poll respondents there, 54 percent said the state is among the best places to live.
By Fran Kritz
Homeless smokers have a harder time quitting tobacco than do smokers who are struggling financially but have a stable place to live, according to a new study.
The study, funded in part by the American Cancer Society, compared homeless smokers receiving treatment at a shelter-based smoking cessation clinic to people enrolled in a smoking cessation program at a hospital.
California grew by 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013 and now has more than 38.2 million residents, according to population estimates released December 12 by the Department of Finance.
It’s the biggest numeric gain and percentage gain – nearly 1 percent – since 2004.
Eighty percent of the increase comes from births. Immigration added 66,000 people, the department estimates.
Since the U.S. census in April 2010, California’s population has grown by more than 950,000 – principally from births of new residents outnumbering deaths.
California’s constitution requires the department to produce the estimates, which are used for budgeting and needs assessment by the state, counties, academic institutions and Read more »
California's new health insurance exchange appears to be gaining momentum with consumers. Officials announced Thursday that 109,000 people had completed the application process and picked a private insurance plan through CoveredCa.com in October and November. About twice as many people completed the process in November as had in October, and the numbers for the first week of December were even higher.
By Fran Kritz
The U.S. Conference of Mayors released their 31st survey on homelessness and hunger on Wednesday. The report shows that many cities have seen an uptick in the numbers of people without a place to live or enough to eat. Many city officials expect requests for shelter and food to increase in further during 2014.
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By Chris Richard
To make the Affordable Care Act work, one tool is critical: the electronic health record.
These digital forms, known in the medical community as EHRs, can help doctors identify and offer preventive treatment to illness-prone patients, instead of waiting for a crisis and hospitalization.
And EHRs are crucial to such Affordable Care Act goals as treating Medicare patients with closely integrated medical teams and curbing hospital readmissions.
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FILE - This April 11, 2012 file photo shows turkeys raised without the use of antibiotics at David Martin's farm, in Lebanon, Pa. Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration moved Wednesday toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
By Angela Woodall
In a war, both men and women will suffer from trauma. But researchers are finding that the way women hurt is different from men, especially when it comes to veterans who reported military sexual trauma.
The experience of being sexually assaulted or harassed during their service put them at twice the risk of men for developing post traumatic stress disorder.
California collected $6 billion int ax revenue in November, missing estimates in the state budget by $375.6 million, or 5.9 percent, State Controller John Chiang said December 10 in his monthly report covering the state's cash balance, receipts and disbursements for last month.
The main reason revenues fell below estimates was simply timing, Chiang said, noting that during the current fiscal year which began July 1, revenues are running ahead of predictions in last June's budget by nearly $230 million.State spending for same period is also $126.3 million less than expected, Chiang said.
With the Thanksgiving holiday and the "Black Friday" weekend occurring at the end of Read more »