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This story was produced by Rubén Tapia with support from USC Center for Health Journalism's 2020 Impact Fund. His reporting looks at how delays in the cleanup of neighborhoods contaminated by emissions from the now-shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in LA is affecting the health of residents...
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A dynamic team blended traditional street reporting with innovative scientific testing for a hard-hitting series on how the city's schoolchildren are being poisoned by lead.
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After the successful cleanup of more than half a dozen schools, and with 38 more planned, the School District of Philadelphia is getting accolades for its aggressive, revamped efforts to protect students from lead paint.
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Houstonians may experience a public health crisis many orders of magnitude worse than the aftermath of other major storms.
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Doctors see patients with cases of food poisoning all the time. But patients too rarely bother to report the incidents to their local health department. If they did, we'd all be happier diners.
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The tragedy in Flint continues to fill headlines. But nearly every community is at risk from some form of lead contamination. In our webinar this week, veteran reporters and experts offered journalists fresh ideas for covering such stories.

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Mission Hospital is one example of how hospitals – even some with shining reputations and awards and special certifications – can fail to follow protocols aimed at preventing dangerous infections that can easily start and spread inside their facilities.

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Recent investigations of poultry production plants in the U.S. and Canada have revealed a world of suffering so deep that no dystopian fantasy can compare with how a package of slaughtered birds ends up in a store.

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For the past ten years, the 180 tribal members who live on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Southern California have been without safe drinking water.

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In 1973, it was discovered that Michigan Chemical had accidentally used the flame retardant chemical PBB instead of a vitamin additive for cattle feed.

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