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Japan's Radiation Not Likely to Reach California, For Now

Japan's Radiation Not Likely to Reach California, For Now

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Here's the latest in health and health journalism news from Reporting on Health.

Disaster: For now, radiation from Japan's growing nuclear crisis is not likely to reach California, even if there is a nuclear meltdown, Molly Hennessy-Fiske reports for the Los Angeles Times. If there were a radiation emergency in the U.S. however, state public health departments say they're not well-prepared.



Pack-a-day smokers are becoming increasingly rare in the United States and particularly in California because of the state's history of aggressive tobacco control efforts, Steven Reinberg reports for HealthDay.

Viagra: Congress might have blocked Medicare from paying for Viagra and similar drugs in 2005, but that hasn't stopped the federal health agency from paying out $3.1 million for erectile dysfunction medications, Brett Coughlin reports for Politico. Blame Medicare's computer, um, software.

Mental Health: The U.S. military is experimenting with mental health counseling for its forces by smartphone, Sara Jackson reports for FierceMobileHealthcare. Could an iFreud app be far behind?

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