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California Health Collaborative’s program launch to help struggling smokers

California Health Collaborative’s program launch to help struggling smokers

December 15, 2015


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Adult smokers in Butte County make up 22.8 percent of the population, one of the highest percentages out of all counties in California. Bruce Baldwin, California Health Collaborative cessation coordinator, hopes to lower that number with the launch of a new program, The Equity Project, designed to he...

Continuing local wet shelter helps transient, homeless community this winter

Continuing local wet shelter helps transient, homeless community this winter

December 8, 2015


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Dakota Youpeè, a homeless individual, died early in November on the streets of Chico. He struggled with alcohol addiction. What many may not know is that Safe Space has provided a place for homeless individuals in any condition to have warmth during the cold and rainy months, and will continue to operate this winter with ...

Alex Project: Suicide help is just one text message away

Sarah Strausser

October 22, 2015


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It was just over five years ago when Alex Strauss, former Pleasant Valley High student, tried to reach out for help over text and did not receive a reply. Later that night, the then 17-year-old took his own life. There are countless call-in hotlines all over the country and here in Butte County. Text ...

Hard alcohol culture rises at Chico State

Hard alcohol culture rises at Chico State

Sarah Strausser

October 4, 2015


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  On a typical Friday or Saturday night in Chico, the Enloe Medical Center emergency room treats two to four patients for alcohol overdose. Although the hospital does not release whether the patients are Chico State students, Christina Chavira, Enloe Medical Center marketing and commun...

Staying healthy in the smoke

Staying healthy in the smoke

Sarah Strausser

September 26, 2015


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75,781 acres burned to the ground in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties due to the third worst wildfire in California history. Although the fire is hundreds of miles away, Chico can still be affected health-wise by the smoke and ash in the air. The Butte fire hits a little closer to the Chico area. As...

The truth about Planned Parenthood

Sarah Strausser

September 21, 2015


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Planned Parenthood has been in the hot seat recently as an audit was called to try to stop state funding for the corporation following accusations of staff illegally selling fetuses without the consent of patients. In light of these allegations, Planned Parenthood claims to offer patients the opportunity to donate aborted fetuses to medical research, according to Beth H. Parker, chief legal council of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Aborted fetuses have been used since the 1930s for research of vaccines and stem cells, which can lead...

STDs on the rise in Butte county

STDs on the rise in Butte county

Sarah Strausser

September 11, 2015


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According to the Butte County Health Department, the number of confirmed cases of gonorrhea in Butte County in 2014 alone was 300. The numbers from 2015 are not in yet, but according to experts, they are going to be even higher. Lisa Almaguer, Communications Manager at Butte County Health Department, said the average age of repor...

Energy drinks have harmful effect on body

Energy drinks have harmful effect on body

Sarah Strausser

September 4, 2015


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<iframe width="800" height="1353" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="overflow-y:hidden;" src="https://magic.piktochart.com/embed/7564882-your-body-vs-energy-drinks"></iframe>Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar. In the United States, 80 percent of Americans consume an average of 200 mg of caffeine daily in the form of energy drinks. While the original 32-ounce Monster drink has just 100 calories, ...

Avoiding heat-related illnesses

Avoiding heat-related illnesses

Sarah Strausser

August 30, 2015


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It was a hot spring day on the track when Kayla Lawson, junior business project management major, noticed one of her teammates beginning to shake and feel dizzy. She knew as soon as she saw her that she needed to be seen by the trainer, Lawson said. The trainer later confirmed that the weak an...

Small bugs, big consequences

Small bugs, big consequences

Sarah Strausser

August 24, 2015


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There have been 30 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Butte county, the highest of any county in the state. Butte County has had an "epidemic level" of cases reported, according to Matt Ball, the district manager at the Butte County Public Health Department. There are now 57 confirmed cases of West Nile in California alone and more than half of these cases have been reported in Butte county.With Butte county having such a high volume of mosquitoes carrying West Nile, education on the subject can benefit the hea...

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