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This story as part of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 California Fellowship.
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“It definitely has an impact on your psyche,” one resident said of the lack of food options.
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Most Americans consume at least twice the recommended amount of sugar and few people who have the soda “habit” only drink one soft drink a day as recommended

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When Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was asked point-blank, during a 2010 trade mission in Canada, if “cloned cows or their offspring have made it into the North American food supply,” his answers were not comforting.

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Did you know that we Americans throw away about 80,000,000,000 (80 billion) pounds of food a year and that only half of us are aware that food waste is a problem?

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According to an expose this week in The New York Times, the USDA uses tax dollars to help private industry develop more "profitable" animals in a semi-clandestine operation called the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. The experiments often cause the death of mothers and offspring, The Times reports.

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The gun lobby loves the short memory of the American public and the news media. Who remembers that Aaron Alexis killed 12 at Washington's Navy Yard just three months ago, legally buying a shotgun two days before the rampage.

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The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently released new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines. They are an egregious example of much that is wrong with medicine today.

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How well is the media doing its job to vet sources' ties to pharmaceutical funding? New research shows that academics who promoted the use of antiviral drugs for swine flu were eight times more likely to have financial links to drug companies.

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Living in the United States without a legal immigration status has millions of people living in shadows. They are confronted by mounting obstacles on a daily basis that provoke serious negative effects on their health, especially mental health.

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