Health uninsurance rate in California remained low in 2018, survey finds

The percentage of Californians without health insurance remained stable and low in 2018, thanks to actions by state legislators, according to a policy brief produced by the  UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The findings are unlike the rest of the nation, which saw an increase in the rate of uninsurance.The uninsured rate dropped nearly by half to 8.1% last year, compared with 15.5% in 2013, according to the brief. Insurance coverage is one of many topics covered in newly released data from the 2018  California Health Interview Survey.The 2018 edition of the survey, which includes responses from 23,195 children, adolescents and adults, is the nation ’s largest state health survey. It covers a range of health topics such as mental health, oral health, health status and behaviors. New questions in the 2018 adult survey looked at non-cigarette tobacco use, use of tobacco products and e-cigarette flavors, secondhand smoke exposure and rules about smoking/vaping, and a well-being scale.“For nearly 20 years, CHIS has been an invaluable source of data for health care leaders,” said Ninez Ponce, the survey ’s principal investigator and director of the UCLA Center of Health Policy Research. “Our design means the survey is flexible enough to provide data on emerging health issues such as marijuana use and e-cigarettes. But our longevity also means we have excellent historical data needed to understa nd trends over time and the implicat...
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Publication date: Available online 8 December 2019Source: The Lancet PsychiatryAuthor(s): Senthil Amudhan, Gopalkrishna Gururaj, Mathew Varghese, Vivek Benegal, Girish Nagaraja Rao, David Vincent Sheehan, Arun Mahadeo Kokane, Bir Singh Chavan, Pronob Kumar Dalal, Daya Ram, Kangkan Pathak, Raj Kumar Lenin Singh, Lokesh Kumar Singh, Pradeep Sharma, Pradeep Kumar Saha, Chellamuthu Ramasubramanian, Ritambhara Yeshwant Mehta, Theerthankara Meethal ShibukumarSummaryBackgroundIndia accounts for 18% of the global population and 26·6% of global suicide deaths. However, robust population-based, nationally representative data ...
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Scientists from 22 institutions, including UCLA, are recommending early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of severe chronic inflammation to reduce the risk of chronic disease and death worldwide.The group of international experts, which also includes scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, Columbia University Medical Center and University College London, point to inflammation-related diseases as the cause of 50 percent of all deaths worldwide.Inflammation is a naturally occurring response by the body ’s immune system that helps fight illness and infection. Whe...
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BACKGROUND: Among American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/ANs), suicides are disproportionately high among those younger than 40  years of age. This paper examines suicide and alcohol intoxication (post-mortem BAC ≥ 0.08 g/dl) by age among Whites and AI/...
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Drinking alcohol causes damage to your health in both the short term and long term, even for moderate drinkers. For individuals who suffer from addiction to alcohol and frequently drink in excess, these risks become higher. Knowing the risks of drinking alcohol is important to help avoid drinking to excess and reduce the likelihood of these risks. Short-Term Risks of Drinking Alcohol There are many short-term risks that occur when drinking alcohol. These risks can happen to anyone, including individuals suffering from alcohol use disorder, or individuals who are drinking for the very first time. Injuries When you drink al...
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November kicked off with a team of UNISON members winning a Nursing Times award for their transformative work on a secure psychiatric ward in Wales (see picture above). Then, disabled members’ conference came around and assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told delegates from across the UK that eliminating pay discrimination for workers with a disability was a key priority for the union. Members also called for mandatory disability pay gap reporting. After facing years of cuts and job losses, Northamptonshire council staff had a huge win when they were promised a 4% pay rise from April –...
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BACKGROUND: To describe prevalence and identify clinical correlates of hazardous drinking among suicidal inpatients at military medical settings. METHOD: Data were drawn from the baseline assessment of a multisite randomized controlled trial of Pos...
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CONCLUSION: Childhood bullying experience was associated with adult psychiatric disorders and suicidality. The findings indicated the importance of the early detection and management of childhood peer bullying to reduce detrimental adulthood consequences. PMID: 31779057 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Korean Med Sci Source Type: research
Objective: Dual diagnosis (DD) is the co-occurrence of at least one substance use disorder and one or more mental disorders in a given individual. Despite this comorbidity being highly prevalent and associated with adverse clinical outcomes, its neu...
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Despite the psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapeutic advances in the treatment of depressive, anxiety, and psychotic disorders over the past several decades, the suicide rate in the United States has increased over the past 18 years. Medications are safer...
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Men's disproportionate rate of suicide and substance use has been linked to problematic conformity to traditional masculine ideals. Mental health promotion interventions directed toward men should address the gender-specific needs of men; yet, no tools exi...
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