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May Checklist
Strengthen your bones during National Osteoporosis Month: Estimate your usual calcium intake-and then look up which foods will boost your intake the most.

Celebrate loved ones: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8. Consider inviting mothers who may not have family nearby to your special activities.

Filter out the sun: The safest clothing fabrics include 100% polyester, shiny poly blends, unbleached cotton, dark denim and bamboo with cotton or Lycra.

Get unplugged: May 2 to 8 is Screen-Free Week. Enjoy life without television, mobile games and other digital entertainment. Instead, explore the outdoors, tend the garden or partake in other pretechnology pastimes.

Travel smarter: Inform banks and credit card issuers of your plans so that unusual transactions do not inactivate your accounts. Airplanes: Liquids in carry-on bags must be in containers of 3.4 ounces or less. Liquid medications (and also breast milk, formula and juice for infants or toddlers) are exempt-but inform the TSA officer before screening begins. Passports: Some countries require that passports be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to leave. 

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More Customers Dumped From Covered California Without Notice

Lynn Kersey has some advice for pregnant women who bought health insurance policies from Covered California and want to keep them: Don't report your pregnancy to the agency.

"It's not a requirement ... and it's actually worse to do so," said Kersey, executive director of Maternal and Child Health Access, an advocacy group based in Los Angeles County.

Why? Two of Kersey's clients with Covered California health plans recently were thrown into Medi-Cal - the state's health program for low-income residents - without their consent or prior notice after they reported their pregnancies to the state's health insurance exchange.

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Kaiser Permanente is coming to Santa Cruz, with plans to open 3 medical office buildings

Kaiser Permanente plans to come to the Santa Cruz area, aiming to begin offering care from Jan. 1 at three locations.

Pending regulatory approval, the Oakland-based healthcare provider said Tuesday it will begin offering commercial and Covered California coverage and care in the area. It plans to open three medical office buildings: in downtown Santa Cruz, at the Crossroads Center in Watsonville, and at the Granite Creek Business Center in Scotts Valley.

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Dog walking linked to better physical health for seniors

Dog walking is linked to improved physical health in seniors, and older adults who form strong bonds with their canine pets tend to exercise longer and more often, says University of Missouri researchers, who report their findings in The Gerontologist journal.
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Fancy Juice Doesn't Cleanse the Body of Toxins

Misconception: Juice cleansing can remove toxins from your system.
Actually: To say that drinking juice detoxifies the body isn't quite the same as claiming leeches suck out poisons, but it's fairly close.

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