A large public hospital in Los Angeles gets over 1,000 unidentified patients a year. Most are quickly identified, but some require considerable gumshoe work — a task that can be complicated by medical privacy laws.
In California, people who are black or Latino are more than twice as likely as whites to undergo amputations related to diabetes, a Kaiser Health News analysis found. The pattern is not unique to California.
Asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America, housed in migrant shelters in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico, are often sick and exhausted from their long journeys. Volunteer health workers from Southern California recently sent a mobile clinic to one of those shelters and spent a day tending to its inhabitants.
Migrantes centroamericanos y Mexicanos en los albergues que se han improvisado en la ciudad fronteriza de Tijuana, son muchas veces enfermos y debilitados. Dependen de grupos civiles para recibir atención médica. Recientemente, un grupo de voluntarios de California llevó una clínica móvil a uno de los albergues fronterizos.
With mental health beds in short supply, emergency rooms increasingly have become the care of first and last resort for people in the grips of a psychiatric episode. Now, hospitals around the country are opening emergency units that calmly cater to patients with mental health needs.
El hacinamiento, la falta de higiene y la crisis de vivienda son una combinación explosiva para el resurgimiento de enfermedades como el tifus o la hepatitis A.
Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as typhus and hepatitis A are resurging in California and around the country, particularly among homeless populations. Public health officials warn that such diseases could spread broadly.
The Food and Drug Administration has let medical device companies file reports of injuries and malfunctions outside a widely scrutinized public database, leaving doctors and medical sleuths in the dark.
At one Seattle public school, students earn their diplomas while attending daily support groups and meeting with counselors to help them stay off drugs and alcohol. There are about 40 similar schools around the country, both public and private, and more are on the drawing board.
En Interagency at Queen Anne, en Seattle, jóvenes logran mantenerse sobrios, a la vez que se impulsan sus estudios académicos.