April Dembosky

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Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When New York increased its cigarette tax, smoking rates declined. California's proposed increase of $2 a pack may, too, say researchers. The higher the tax, the more likely people are to quit.


Single Mom's Search For Therapist Hampered By Insurance Companies

Monday, July 25, 2016

Recent health laws were supposed to give people easier access to mental health care. But some adults who have anxiety or depression and need help are still having a tough time lining up treatment.


Frustrated You Can't Find A Therapist? They're Frustrated, Too

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why is it so hard to connect people with therapists? Insurance bureaucracy cuts both ways, it turns out. Patients have trouble finding therapists in networks. And therapists have trouble joining them.


How Therapy Became A Hobby Of The Wealthy, Out Of Reach For Those In Need

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Therapists are in such demand they can bypass insurance companies, so the wealthy are more likely to get treated. A historian explains how this came to be the norm in the U.S. health care system.


Depressed Teen's Struggle To Find Mental Health Care In Rural California

Thursday, June 23, 2016

After a teenager attempted suicide, her parents searched in vain for therapists who would take their insurance and were accepting new patients. The family paid for therapy with credit cards instead.


Drug Company Jacks Up Cost Of Aid-In-Dying Medication

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Seconal used to cost less than $200 a bottle. After Valeant Pharmaceuticals bought the medication, the cost rose to $3,000. Advocates for aid in dying say that's a burden for the terminally ill.


Should Porn Stars Use Condoms? California Grapples With Regulation

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Updated at 8:11 p.m. E.T.

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health rejected proposed regulations Thursday that would have required actors in all pornographic films statewide to use condoms.

Cal/OSHA's Standards Board voted 3-2 to accept the new regulations, but needed four "yes" votes to pass them. The board then ...


Farm Contractors Balk At Obamacare Requirements

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The federal health law is putting farmers in a tough spot. Many contractors supplying workers have to offer health coverage. Insurance is costly, and contractors worry about immigration fallout.


Farm Contractors Balk At Affordable Care Requirements

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Many in the agriculture industry in California are worried about an Obamacare requirement that employers offer workers health insurance in companies of 50 or more people.


Bosses Find Part-Time Workers Can Come With Full-Time Headaches

Monday, February 01, 2016

Some fast-food franchisees are rethinking putting workers on part-time status to avoid having to provide them with health insurance. The business hassles are exceeding the savings.


From Streets To Stage, Two Dance Worlds See Harmonization And Chaos

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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Mendocino Coast Fights To Keep Its Lone Hospital Afloat

Monday, November 23, 2015

Tourists love California's Mendocino coast for its redwoods, surf and charm. But the battle to keep the area's only hospital afloat is pitting hospital administrators and doctors against each other.


California Doctors Get Advice On How To Provide Aid In Dying

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Now that California has legalized aid in dying, advocacy groups are planning statewide education campaigns so doctors know what to do when patients ask for lethal medication to end their lives.

One of the first stops for doctors new to the practice is a doctor-to-doctor toll-free helpline. It's staffed by ...


California Governor Signs Landmark Right-To-Die Law

Monday, October 05, 2015

Updated at 9:15 p.m. ET.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday, allowing terminally ill patients to obtain lethal medication to end their lives when and where they choose.

In a deeply personal note, Brown said he read opposition materials carefully, but in the end was left ...


California Approves Physician-Assisted Suicide; Bill Heads To Governor's Desk

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A controversial bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California is headed to the governor for consideration, after almost nine months of intense — often personal — debate in the legislature.

If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, California would become the fifth state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication ...


California's Legislature Debates Bill To Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

Friday, September 11, 2015

California's legislature is debating a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide Friday. If it passes, and Gov. Jerry Brown signs it, California will be the fifth state to legalize the practice.


Beethoven, Flaming Tubas And 5,000 Kazoos: Classical Music At Burning Man

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The well-established soundscape at Burning Man is an audio layer cake of dubstep and techno. More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual arts festival — and many of them will spend their nights at post-apocalyptic raves, spinning fiery hula hoops and passing ...


Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A growing body of research suggests that doctors' racial biases and other prejudices continue to affect the care patients received. Medical educators say self-awareness is an important first step.


'Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'

Monday, August 17, 2015

Developers at Akili are working on a game they hope might one day be prescribed to treat mental health conditions like ADHD and depression. But first, they must get past the FDA.


Will Doctors Soon Be Prescribing Video Games For Mental Health?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Dozens of games and apps claim to improve your memory or make you smarter or reduce stress. But do they really? Developers say the next step is clinically valid proof of cognitive gains.