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A young black man is rolled on a gurney into an emergency room in an inner-city neighborhood. What assumptions do health care providers make about why he is there? What assumptions do journalists make?

Dr. John A. Rich laid out the basic assumption this way: "Young black men don't just get

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I write about health issues for the St. Louis Beacon. My challenge is to convince diverse groups to engage in constructive dialogue about tackling health care access, disparities and costs.I'm sure we all are wrestling with variations of this challenge. The biggest problem, as I see it, is that t

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California's efforts to regulate raw milk dairy products have been controversial, pitting public health advocates against passionate raw food devotees. This story details the aftermath of the first enforcement of new state regulations on raw milk products.

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I wrote this story to call attention to the "disease of the week" phenomenon and how it is turning important health messages into easily-dismissed cultural static.

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Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding is the health officer for Los Angeles County. In this state-appointed role, he works closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to ensure the health of county residents.

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George Lemp is director of the University of California's HIV/AIDS Research Program, or UARP, a program created in 1983 by the state Legislature to provide funding for AIDS-related research at nonprofit institutions in California. UARP supports research in basic clinical, social/behavioral and epidemiologic sciences through research awards, special initiatives and collaborative agreements with the State Office of AIDS.

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Journalist Emily Schmidt had a rare opportunity to humanize the often-hidden story of domestic violence, and some of the systemic judicial problems that arise in connection with it. Here's what she learned.

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