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Michelle Kwik's son, Evan, showed signs of mental illness when he was 12 years old. This past February, he shot and killed himself after a 10-hour standoff with San Diego Sheriff's Deputies. Kwik agreed to share her personal experience trying to get help for her son.

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People suffering from serious mental illness such as schizophrenia often refuse treatment because they don't know they're sick. The San Diengo County is reviewing the mental health services available to thousands of people who are resistant to treatment.

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A veteran public radio reporter always thought of himself as a TV hater -- until he was asked to do some TV stories.

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States cut back on HIV/AIDS drugs for the poor, Nevada's smoking ban lowers heart attacks and stroke, and a Medicaid success story, plus more in our Daily Briefing.

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Achoo: A small but intriguing new study suggests that a common cold virus is linked to childhood obesity. In San Diego, KPBS’ Kenny Goldberg has the story.

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Here's what we're reading and listening to today:

Nutrition: We don’t need no stinkin’ nutrition facts. Just let me eat my 845-calorie taco salad in peace, okay?

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!

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