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Yep, it's that time again: The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today released their second annual rankings of health in America's counties. And so I'm reposting some context and story ideas from last year's rankings - they're still applicable this year.

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Once the Great Potassium Iodide panic began, most Americans received messages saying “Don't Panic” on Twitter, on Facebook, the Internet. And that was the responsible media thing to do, right? Here's what may be wrong with that approach, neurologically speaking.

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Why are TB cases declining so dramatically in California? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Disease, disaster and video games are highlighted in today's Daily Briefing.

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A doctors' gag order over fracking chemicals, good news on obesity prevention, and a rapping global health expert turned World Bank leader, plus more from our Top 5 Today.

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In the coffee-growing highlands of Ethiopia, an Italian scientist on a plant collecting expedition discovers a local medicine man dispensing an apparent cure for AIDS. Fact or fiction?

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How safe are California hospitals in the event of a major earthquake? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Someone at the Washington Post is having a very bad day today. As Gawker reports, a health story went live on the newspaper’s website with all of the editor’s comments in it. The story was quickly pulled down, but Gawker helpfully pasted the entire story on its site beforehand.

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Why is the controversial pesticide methyl iodide set to be used in California strawberry fields? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Utah County's blogging "asthma mom" offers tips to help people avoid attack triggers. It is a sidebar to the third part of May's series on health disparities in Salt Lake City.

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The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!

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