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This is one in a series of articles examining the relationship between housing loss and death in San Francisco. Check out the previous articles in the series, Looking for death,Gunpowder on the streets, and Will losing your home kill you?

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When does health begin? And how far back do you have to go to be truly healthy? That's the gist of an article I just read in the Nov. 8 issue of Newsweek, entitled "Sins of the Grandfathers," by Sharon Begley.

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Robert Joiner examines health-care disparities that persist in the St. Louis area, despite the fact that the region is blessed with some of the finest medical facilities in the world.

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Many years ago I was a kid on a wilderness canoe trip, on a beautiful isolated lake in northern Ontario. We stopped for lunch in the early afternoon and stripped down to wash up in the cold water.

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Michael Lewinski, Ph.D., is the director of clinical microbiology and an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He was formerly the senior scientific director of infectious diseases at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute and Focus Diagnostics, Inc, where he spent more than 15 years directing reference laboratories with an emphasis on esoteric test development and testing services.

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Kristin Molini has five reasons to celebrate this year. The 22-year-old is recovering after five organ transplants – liver, stomach, pancreas, and small and largeintestines. Only 300 similar interventions have been performed worldwide. The story – reported in the New York Daily News this January – could be the script for a movie. It could be an episode of a TV series, it could, most importantly, get people interestedin organ donation, giving them information about the importance of the procedure.

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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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Southern Arizona children are suffering from adult afflictions — and doctors blame it on a troubling surge in childhood obesity.

In Arizona 31 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese, experts say.

Lifestyle, diet and genetics play a role, but the biggest common denominator among them is socioeconomic.

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