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First, it was the opening of a Kroger in East Oakland. Now it's the announcement that Tesco's Fresh and Easy is heading to the Bayview. What exactly, you may be asking yourself, makes these stories major headline news?

And why is a doctor spending time writing about grocery stores too?

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It can be tough to remind a young diabetic to check their blood sugar 12 times a day, so drug maker Bayer has developed a new game to make the measurement less of a drag.

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We are two weeks out from the dynamic week of seminars and conversations where this year's USC/California Endowment National Health Journalism Fellows and Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism grant recipients met each other and dived deeply into their reporting projects. If you're curious about what they're working on, here's a rundown. (Read more by clicking on fellows' names, and comment to give them ideas for their work.)

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Health authorities have declared the United States on alert, in response to increasing cases of type 2 diabetes in the country. Official reports refer to a threat of major proportions that makes a state of emergency public health, so much so that there is already talk of an emerging epidemic. The most affected are children and members of minorities, particularly Hispanics.

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If you've seen Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on ABC, you might be interested in some recent studies about group and individual interventions for people who are overweight or at risk for diabetes.

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Mary Lee knows firsthand the fallout from living in an area without proper access to fresh, healthy food: She drives past three South Los Angeles grocery stores offering expired tortillas and wilted

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I’ve been thinking lately about what we can learn from culture clashes within groups of people living with various diseases. Patient groups aren’t monoliths, but sometimes they’re covered as if they are. Journalists don’t always distinguish between people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, for example. That’s a bigger deal than you might think.
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The number of obese American children might be declining slightly, but adults? Not so much. A new report finds more grownups getting fatter in 28 states, a hefty number of them in the South.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s Reuters’ story:

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We at the Diabetes Hands Foundation developed HealthSeeker, a new healthy Facebook game (we think this is not an oxymoron!) in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center, with the goal of hel



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