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Some good news (finally!) about whooping cough, and a hospital mystery: why was a California hospital named as one of the nation's best when it's being investigated for patient safety problems? 

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In the past few years, in fact, school lunch reform has become a cause célèbre in many school districts in the Bay Area as concerns mount about children’s health. And the Oakland school district, along with the West Contra Costa County Unified School District, is among the pioneers in injecting healthier food choices into their menus despite a paucity of resources and the challenges of re-educating taste buds.

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President Obama’s support for a bill that would let states opt out of national health reform mandates early to come up with their own plans has been described variously as “a bomb,” a “major concession” to reform’s critics, or “calling the Republicans’ bluff.”  

But is it any single one of these things? Not so much. Here’s some context and a look at some analysis of Obama’s highly-publicized support for the Wyden-Brown state waiver bill, which he announced to the nation’s state governors on Monday.

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Medical pot purveyors can't escape the tax man, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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West Virginia's two Republican U.S. representatives voted with GOP colleagues Wednesday to overturn federal health care reform.

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From greener school lunches to required nutritional information printed on fast-food menus, it's clear that state and federal governments are urging Americans to take control of their health -- starting with food. This is part four in a four-part series.

Part one: Convenience often trumps nutrition

Part two: Committed to nutrition

Part three: Providing healthier choices

 

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Tonight the State of the Union Address will be delivered by President Obama. An interesting request has been made of the members of Congress (for both Senators and Assembly Representatives). It is that a member of each opposing party sit next to their opposite - to dare to cross the aisle and par

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Several universities throughout California have received sizeable grants for extensive study of stem cells.

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Bay Area school nutrition directors say higher nutrition standards are good, but expensive.

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