CA Access News

August 2011


In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


Doctors see chinks in vaccination armor

As parents opt out of getting shots for their children, diseases such as whooping cough and measles make a comeback when 'herd immunity' crumbles.

Amanda Mascarell, Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2011

As students return to middle schools and high schools in California this fall, they will need more than fresh notebooks and apples for their teachers. Thanks to a state law that took effect last month, students entering grades 7 through 12 will need proof that they received a vaccine for whooping cough.

The law was prompted by last year's outbreak of the highly contagious respiratory infection, which is also known as pertussis. Nearly 9,500 cases were reported in California, the most in 65 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ten patients died; all of them were infants, including nine who were too young to be vaccinated.

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Partner Spotlight

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) - Greater San Diego and Desert Area

Mission: The mission of the Chohn's & Colitis Foundation of America is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

About: CCFA sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality. The foundation also offers a wide range of educational programs for patients and health-care professionals, and provides supportive services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases.



CPAT Advocacy Training seminars are coming in September to San Jose and San Diego. Visit CPAT's website in the coming days for more details.

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners


Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

Cancer Risk Rises With Early Morning Smoke, Study Finds
Crystal Phend, ABC News, August 8, 2011

A cigarette first thing in the morning may light up the risk of lung and head and neck cancers, according to a new study.

Smokers who lit up within half an hour of waking up were at a 59 percent higher head and neck cancer risk and 79 percent elevated lung cancer risk compared with those who waited at least an hour, Joshua E. Muscat of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Penn., and colleagues found.

Those who started on their first cigarette 31 to 60 minutes after waking were at significantly elevated risk as well (42 percent and 31 percent, respectively), the group reported in two linked studies appearing online in Cancer. Read more

Searching for the right recipe
Heather Tirado Gilligan, HealthyCal, August 7, 2011

Can fresh fruits and vegetables really remedy obesity in the poor?

At a time when obesity is overtaking smoking as the leading cause of preventable illness in the United States, healthy food financing initiatives seem like a reasonable solution to a difficult problem. About 35 percent of people with incomes of less than $15,000 struggle with obesity, compared to 24 percent of people with incomes above $50,000. Access to fresh food in poor neighborhoods, Obama and other fresh food financing advocates say, could set a generation of low-income kids on the path to good health.

Some recent research, however, suggests that building more grocery stores might not be the answer that Obama and other advocates are hoping for. That research is challenging the connection between access to healthy food and high obesity rates in poor neighborhoods, and questioning the very existence of food deserts. The true drivers of the tie between poverty and obesity, it may turn out, are far more complicated than the location of the nearest market selling fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods. Read more

Alzheimer's: No easy answers for aging's 'defining' illness
By Anita Creamer, Sacramento Bee, August 7, 2011

A new UC San Francisco study -- using a sophisticated mathematical model to analyze many years' worth of observational data about the influence of lifestyle on Alzheimer's -- suggests that about half the world's known cases of the disease could be attributable to seven modifiable risk factors.

Lack of exercise could cause 21 percent of Alzheimer's in America, and high blood pressure could cause 8 percent, the study theorizes, while low educational attainment and midlife obesity might each cause 7 percent. Diabetes could account for 3 percent. Read more

Interesting Information

Smoking rate reaches historic low in California
Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2011

Californians are kicking the habit.

The rate of adult smoking has dropped sharply over the last two decades, reaching its lowest level on record, largely because of aggressive tobacco control campaigns by state and local governments, officials said.

Last year, 11.9 percent of Californians said they smoked, down from 25.9 percent in 1984, the earliest data available, according to the California Department of Public Health. Only one other state had a lower smoking rate last year: Utah with 9.1 percent. Read more


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