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Jan. 12 legislative briefing in Sacramento: “Breaking the Barriers to Breast Cancer Care: Exploring Policy Options”

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

One in eight women in the country will develop breast cancer. Yet from narrow provider networks to cultural and linguistic obstacles, serious barriers exist for women seeking breast cancer treatment in California.

At this Jan. 12 public legislative briefing in Sacramento, co-sponsored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, researchers from the UCLA Center for [ Read full post ]

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Majority of LA rental units remain unprotected from secondhand smoke despite HUD ruling

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

smokefreelogoRenters living in approximately 780,000 privately owned rental units remain unprotected from secondhand smoke in the city of Los Angeles, despite the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement that public housing developments in the U.S. will be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents.

“This is terrific news,” said Peggy Toy, … [ Read full post ]

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Goal in So. LA: Get older adults to use preventive services

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

african senior patient with female nurseMany older African-Americans and other ethnic and racial minorities go without flu shots, cancer screenings and other preventive health tests for a variety of reasons, from lack of access to those services to a strong belief that some of them could be harmful, said Peggy Toy, project director of the Center’s Healthy Aging Partnerships [ Read full post ]

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Soda taxes decrease consumption, study reports

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Consumption of sugary beverages such as soda dropped 21 percent and water consumption rose 63 percent after a soda tax was passed in Berkeley in 2014, according to a study featured on Kidsdata.org.

Related 2013-2014 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data (shown below) charted on the website estimate almost 60% of teens drink at … [ Read full post ]

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Big price gap for rabies shot exposes US health care woes

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

“The free market doesn’t work for health care,” said Nadereh Pourat, Center Director of Research, in a Los Angeles Times column about the extreme price gap for a rabies shot that cost under $20 in Thailand and more than $5,000 in Torrance. “With health care, there’s no price transparency.”

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Tenants on front line in battle against secondhand smoke

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

 

First came the feeling of irritation to her throat, nose and eyes.  Then came the nausea, dizziness and headaches. Carolina Lopez, a resident of a Mid-City apartment building in Central Los Angeles, had a new neighbor and a new problem: secondhand smoke.

Lopez, who is allergic to smoke, asked the neighbor to stop smoking … [ Read full post ]

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