California’s adult day health care system: transition to nowhere

By Mariko Yamada Almost 40 years ago, California pioneered a system to keep frail elders and people with disabilities in supportive community day settings. In response to the highly publicized, disturbing stories of nursing home abuse in the 1970s, the adult day health care center model emerged as a more humane and less costly alternative. […]

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Community health centers increase access to primary care and prevention services

By Robin Affrime and Chris Kelsch Please join us in celebrating National Health Center Week, Aug. 7-13. This year’s theme, “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Serving Locally, Leading Nationally,” highlights the commitment of community health centers such as CommuniCare Health Centers and Winters Healthcare to expand access to affordable, high-quality, cost-effective health care for all people, […]

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Most 9/11 victims not on federal death records

The issue: Federal and New York officials insist the dead have been properly reported; we just have to take their word for it One of the many mysteries fueling conspiracy theories about 9/11 is this: Even though 3,000 victims died in the collapse of the Twin Towers, a key federal database records that only 405 […]

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Uncage Mubarak and give him a fair trial

The issue: Humiliating Egypt’s former leader could backfire, and send the wrong message to other Mideast despots In his 29-year rule of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak accumulated much to answer for — corruption, torture, oppression and little to show in the way of progress for the average Egyptians. LAST WEEK in a Cairo courtroom, his trial […]

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The food-health connection

The web has made access to information grow exponentially. We are drowning in oceans of information, not to mention misinformation and unreasonable health claims. Much of the information is pushed along at breakneck speed by advertising. In the thousands of food choices we make every year, we should be wary of claims such as “fat […]

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Reunion reminds me how I became a kayaker

Nearly 20 years ago I drove six hours and arrived all alone at Sundance Kayak School in southern Oregon for my first lessons in whitewater kayaking. In order not to leave our young children, my husband and I had decided to try this new sport one at a time, I the first summer, he the […]

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Dumber than a flock of seagulls

*Editor’s note: Debra is on vacation. This column first ran in 2004. So gay marriage has everyone wringing their hands these days. You’d think we’d have more important things to worry about, things that actually affect us. Like the economy, or soldiers dying in Iraq, or the environment, or the outsourcing of jobs, or the […]

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What do you think: If you could send one message to Washington, what would it be?

Glenn Farris archeologist, Davis: “Get your act together.” Eddie Moreno student, San Diego: “More money for education.” CJ Morello student, Davis: “Advocate more for the arts.” Ingrid Niles communications director, Sacramento: “Stop spending.” Sharon Tobar accountant, Davis: “Steal from the rich and give to the poor.” Mironda Burch student, Davis: “Raising tuition so much isn’t […]

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Parents enable bedwetting

Dear Annie: I have been married to “John” for six years. We both have children from our first marriages. John’s oldest son is now 14 and still wets the bed. I suggested not allowing the boy to drink anything after 7 p.m. and always making sure he uses the bathroom before bed. My husband did […]

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We need libraries most during recessions

Check it out What: Stephens Branch Library Where: 315 E. 14th St., Davis; (530) 757-5593 Hours: 1-9 p.m. Mondays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays What: South Davis satellite branch Where: Montgomery Elementary School, 1441 Danbury St., Davis; (530) 759-2100 Hours: 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 […]

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