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Is pot the answer to keeping seniors in pain off opioids and other prescription drugs?

Jill Replogle
| The Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective has more than 800 members on the books, a sign that seniors are open to using pot for chronic pain and other issues. The community has had a high rate of opioid overdose deaths.

Is the crackdown on opioids failing patients?

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Many chronic pain patients are middle-aged and older adults, who are among the highest users of prescription opioids. Some have been stranded by well-intentioned policies designed to curb abuse.

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Critically ill Medi-Cal patients just got an important new benefit

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A recent California law requires that Medi-Cal patients have access to palliative care. Here's what you need to know.

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Ask Emily: On Medi-Cal and shut out of nursing homes? Here's how to claim your bed.

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It can be extremely difficult for people on Medi-Cal to snag a spot in a nursing home, especially if they’re transferring from home or an assisted living facility.

Orange County's wealthiest cities have biggest opioid problem

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In Orange County, the highest rates of opioid-related emergency room visits and deaths are in its wealthiest cities, according to a new report.

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Eat better, exercise more to stave off dementia, study suggests

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The study in The Lancet identifies risk factors that increase people's likelihood of developing dementia, including obesity in mid-life and smoking after age 65.

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How Obamacare helped the self-employed in California

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Self-employed Californians have higher uninsurance rates than other workers, but an analysis released Thursday shows that improved under the Affordable Care Act.

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'Boot camp' helps Alzheimer's caregivers

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UCLA runs "boot camps" for caregivers that teach them how to manage stress, make their homes safe and handle difficult behaviors.

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