5:49 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Possible measles case has Santa Barbara officials taking aggressive action

Credit Centers for Disease Control

A possible case of measles in the Santa Barbara area has health care leaders concerned.

Lab results could be in as early as next week for a child showing clinical symptoms of measles.

Dr. Takashi Wada is with Santa Barbara Public Health and says although it's an unconfirmed case, they are taking aggressive actions.

"We've initiated contact tracing to identify individuals who may have been exposed," said Wada. "We're providing vaccine for members of the household as well as to those who've been exposed."

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5:37 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Reluctant Therapist Mental Health Manifesto

Broadcast date: 1/27/2015

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12:36 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

What is 'normal' development for adolescents?

Broadcast date: 1/20/2015

Adolescence is a confusing time emotionally, physically and mentally for teenagers, and their parents. How do we determine whether certain behaviors are part of normal development or symptoms of a potential mental health concern? Tune in Tuesday for a conversation about the wide range of potential paths adolescent development can take, when or if parents need to be concerned, and how to hire the most effective professional if help becomes necessary.

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5:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Several Central Coast cities receive 'F' grades from American Lung Association

Credit Flickr member: Fried Dough

The latest annual report from the American Lung Association shows smoking on the Central Coast is still a problem in many communities.

The report gives mixed grades for Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Not a single city got an "A" grade, but Carpinteria and San Luis Obispo got B grades, as did unincorporated Santa Barbara County.

Vanessa Marvin is a senior director with the Lung Association and says there's still a lot of work to be done by many of the other the area's other communities.

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Issues in Health Policy
1:55 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity: What Does It Mean?

Broadcast date: 1/22/2015

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11:14 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Power of the tribe

Broadcast date: 1/13/2015  

To change the world we need to start changing the conversations. The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, discusses the inspiration, support and power we can find in gathering with groups.

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6:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Infant becomes Santa Barbara County's first recorded death from whooping cough

California is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, the worst the state has seen in 70 years.

The outbreak's latest fatality was a 25-day-old baby in Santa Barbara County. It's the county's first recorded death from the disease—also called pertussis—and only the second death in California since the outbreak started last year.

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11:38 am
Tue January 13, 2015

The Power of Awe

Broadcast date: 01/06/2014

Maybe our overuse of the word has diminished the potential of truly experiencing the awesome to change our lives.

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Mental Health
3:11 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Collective Mental Health

Broadcast date: 01/06/2015

Elizabeth Barrett leads a conversation about the state of our collective mental health and the ways in which our helping professions are either aiding or getting in the way of our cultural well-being.  With so many social services, treatments, and programs available, why are we all still struggling in so many ways?  

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Mental Health
3:08 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

New Passions in Midlife

Broadcast date: 12/30/2014

When our current life no longer supports our mental health and well-being, how do we find the courage and energy to make a change?  Tune in for a discussion with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guests about finding new passions in midlife and enhancing your life by taking a chance.

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11:29 am
Wed December 24, 2014

'Valley Fever' is growing concern for Central Coast health experts

Where Valley Fever is most commonly found in the United States and Mexico.
Credit Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Central Coast health experts say there is growing local concern over the disease known as 'Valley Fever'. The number of cases statewide is rising, with more than 4,000 reported in 2012—likely just a fraction of those who actually came down with it.

San Luis Obispo County Epidemiologist Ann McDowell says it's important that local health care professionals understand the disease, so they can diagnose it properly.

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3:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

When the holidays aren't happy

Broadcast date: 12/16/2014  

For many, the holiday season brings little to be happy about, especially for those struggling with depressive moods or current chronic depression.

Along with anxiety, depression is the most common concern that brings people into therapy. So how are we doing as a community and a profession in helping ourselves, and others, to cope with this often debilitating condition?

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End-of-Life Issues
8:32 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Advanced Care Planning – Hope Is Not a Plan

Broadcast date: 12/18/2014

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4:52 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

When the "Nest" gets Cluttered

Broadcast date: 12/09/2014 

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