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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Monica Vaughan, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship....
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The records of a doctor in Washington State with a history of injuring patients during surgery will vanish from public review, if legislation under consideration gets passed.

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After the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, scientists and players alike still struggle over the link between head trauma and mental health.

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Saying someone died of a stroke is only a little more specific than saying that they died from old age. Here's what you need to know.

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Each year thousands of patients are harmed by medical care in Oregon. A Bend woman, Mary Parker, was one.

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Although the diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome has enjoyed wide acceptance for 30 years, biomechanical research continues to cast doubt on the fundamental thinking behind the theory.

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Journalist Lisa Jones muses on covering Native American health issues and remembers her friend Stanford Addison.

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It may be hard to connect well-paid and well-conditioned pro football players with the homeless guy elbow-deep in the trashcan on your sidewalk. But when it comes to brain injuries, they have more in common than you might think.

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Joel Aguilar has never been a gang member, but has three bullets in him nonetheless. The east Salinas teenager is largely paralyzed: He can move his neck, raise both his arms a few inches and move one wrist — the physical toll of a "gang-related" shooting that nearly killed him two years ago. Kimber Solana examines the psychological impact of gang violence on both victims and the community.

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Every ER has patients like "Sam." The staff call them "frequent fliers" because they patch them up and discharge them, only to watch them return an hour or a day or a week later with another problem.  How much should the health care system spend to help someone who won't help himself? 

 

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