Reports focusing on the latest health news and trends along California's Central Coast.

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KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Bob Freeman the CEO of CenCal about their new program that helps coordinate the health needs of those now covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Pregnancy is a magical time of growth and transformation– not only for babies, but also for the woman as she experiences her own transformation into her new role as mother. What does it mean to be a mother? In honor of Mother's Day, tune in Tuesday for a conversation about the journey of motherhood.

We tend to associate the process of grieving with death and the loss of a cherished other. But this is only one of many ways in which we experience grief. Tune is Tuesday for a conversation with Dr. Annamaria Fidel-Rice author of The Alchemy of Grief  about the many ways in which we grieve throughout our lives and how allowing ourselves to move through the world of loss, we can heal, thrive and sustain our mental health and well-being. Your calls with questions and comments are welcomed. Caring talk for the Central Coast.

Broadcast Date: 4/14/15

There has been a significant change over the last 20 plus years in the way that the helping professions view, approach and treat mental health in the United States. This shift has not always been in the best interest of those who seek help, and in many ways our current models may be doing more harm than good. 

Tune in Tuesday for a Conversation about the dysfunctions in modern psychotherapy and how we can still access good care, in spite of the flaws within this well-intentioned, yet misguided, system.

Tune in for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett about the value of spirituality in our lives with guest Dr. Matthew Fox.

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Warmer temperatures and the lingering drought in California could lead to increased levels of West Nile Virus, according to medical experts.

The California Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the state saw record virus activity in 2014.

Doctor Vicki Kramer runs the Vector-Borne Disease Program in the Department and said the Central Coast has been protected somewhat because of it's cooler temperatures. But, the drought and record warmth during the first few months of 2015 could make maters worse.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Tests show a Santa Barbara County woman does not have Ebola, after coming down with a fever following a recent trip to Africa.

The woman was taken Sunday to a hospital in Los Angeles for testing. The trip required special equipment for the ambulance and all the health care workers involved.

Dr. Charity Dean,  Health Officer with the County's Public Health Department, says all appropriate steps were followed, even thought the woman was considered to be at low risk of having the disease.

Tune in for a  conversation about the challenges of aging and maintaining the highest quality of life for as long as possible.

Broadcast date: 3/12/2015

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Not only does it take a toll on health, but the monetary cost of smoking is heavy in California as well. 

Communication is fundamental to the quality of our lives. How are your communication skills aiding or getting in the way of your mental health and well-being? Tune in at 2 for a conversation about differences in communication styles and tips for getting more from your interactions

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Coastal Tri-Counties Dietetic Association is spreading the word. 

The documentary, The Other Side of Cannabis, explores the dangers of cannabis use on the developing mind and body.

A conversation with local artist, activist, and filmmaker Jody Belsher about her film, her research, and her efforts to bring this issue to a larger audience. Join the conversation with your call.

How do we best nurture the wonders of nature, life, adventure, service and learning in our children when our lives are already so full?

A Righetti High School student has been diagnosed with Whooping Cough, according to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (SMJUHSD).

"SMJUHSD officials are urging anyone experiencing Whooping Cough symptoms to immediately seek medical care from their physician," said district spokesperson Kenny Klein.

The student is not attending school currently, according ot Klein.

California is in the midst of a Whooping Cough—or pertussis—epidemic, which peaks every three to five years.

SEE International

Eye doctors on the Central Coast are donating their time and services to give the gift of sight to children overseas in developing countries.

For the past four decades, a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization has helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. Also, many people may not know that SEE International also helps out at home by offering free eye care to uninsured residents who otherwise may not have access to affordable vision correction.