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On the front lines of caring for the poor, one doctor examines how proposed deep cuts to Medicaid could hurt his patients.

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A massive U.S. study of children's health gets underwway, cockroaches and asthma, ambulance diversions and more from our Daily Briefing.

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It's third period at Castlemont Business and Information Technology School in East Oakland. A visitor begins a discussion about poverty, bad food and crime. Tough times? Tough streets? These high school students aren't stressing.

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To a teen living in the rough areas of East Oakland, sorrow is no stranger. Random violence, worry about the future and a constant battle for basics such as healthy food or good schools add up to a kind of life that can make an East Oakland teen far older than his or her chronological age.

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Clean cars could mean less asthma, a link between bedbugs and MRSA, a prescription for yoga and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Why are U.S. asthma rates going up when pollution and smoking are on their way down? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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When gangbangers aren't your biggest worry, you've got real problems

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This morning I decided I needed to let off some steam because I had far too many possible comments circling my brain to get them out in one session! Luckily, I was reading Virginia Hughes talking about a review of treatments for autism.

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This story is Part 14 of a 15-part series that examines health care needs in Gary, Ind.

When Shantray Hooks, of Gary, lost her job as a restaurant cook in August, she didn’t know how she would pay for doctor visits.

“I had no health insurance and I couldn’t afford to pay a doctor,” said Hooks, 29, who was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago.

A doctor referred her to the Community Health Net of Gary, a federally qualified community health center that provides comprehensive primary care health services and charges on a sliding fee scale for services.

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Writing about health disparities on the west side of Salt Lake City was probably one of the most difficult assignments I've had while covering health. The goal was to point out the disparities that exist in one of the healthiest states in the country.

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U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

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