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Health Insurance: Los Angeles’ City Attorney has sued national health insurer HealthMarkets and its financial backers, including Goldman Sachs Group, for selling “junk insurance” to consumers and businesses, Duke Helfand of the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Nutrition: Irony alert: Chicago public schoolchildren can’t eat the healthy, organic produce they grow in their school gardens because of rules that commercial growers don’t have to follow

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Health Reform: The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News deftly fact-check election-season rhetoric about the impact of health reform

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Octomom: This one’s a jaw-dropper. "Octomom” Nadya Suleman's fertility doctor, Michael Kamrava, endangered the mother of 14 by implanting her with a dozen embryos in the pregnancy that gave her octuplets, a state attorney charged at the doctor’s license hearing, the AP’s Shaya Tayefe Mohajer reports.

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Care, Discounted: Doctors and other health care providers are glomming onto the Groupon craze, Meredith Cohn reports in the Baltimore Sun. Guess that’s one way to reduce health care costs.

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Lead: The investigative news startup California Watch, not content to merely report on harmful lead levels in children’s jewelry, will actually test suspect items for you.

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Fraud Investigation: Investigators are probing a Southern California hospital chain’s suspiciously high level of serious infections among older patients, according to a report by CaliforniaWatch’s Lance Williams and Christina Jewett. Could it be Medicare fraud?

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Obesity: The Jenny Craig diet might actually work long-term, new research suggests.

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