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Did Arizona's Mental Health System Fail Jared Loughner?

Did Arizona's Mental Health System Fail Jared Loughner?

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Jared Loughner

Mental Health:

Media scrutiny of alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner now turns to whether Arizona's mental health system failed him. Melissa Healy and Eryn Brown of the Los Angeles Times examine the state's cuts to mental health services but also note that it can be extraordinarily difficult to predict when someone who's mentally ill will turn violent.

Eye Health: For once, some good news: macular degeneration appears to be on the decline, albeit slightly, Lynne Peeples reports for Reuters.  

California: As expected, new Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget includes deep, deep cuts in health and social programs. California Healthline's David Gorn examines the cuts and their political context.

Vaccines: Katherine Hobson of The Wall St. Journal interviews Seth Mnookin, whose new book on the misguided panic over vaccines and autism comes out today.

Alopecia: Marginally health-related, but amusing: this "when will I go bald?" calculator (for men). 


The Center for Health Journalism’s two-day symposium on domestic violence will provide reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The first day will take place on the USC campus on Friday, March 17. The Center has a limited number of $300 travel stipends for California journalists coming from outside Southern California and a limited number of $500 travel stipends for those coming from out of state. Journalists attending the symposium will be eligible to apply for a reporting grant of $2,000 to $10,000 from our Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund. Find more info here!


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