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The doctor did it. In the bedroom. With an an anesthetic.

The Los Angeles County Coroner spent 51 pages of minute calculations and detailed examinations to come to that simple conclusion on Aug. 24, 2009. Jackson had died from a lethal dose of propofol and other drugs and the death was a homicide.

This was perhaps the most surprising thing about the Michael Jackson case, because coroners are so reluctant to say a physician killed someone.

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The shimmering blue lights of the Terminal Island Bridge, rising above the Port of Los Angeles, belie the intense pollution that emanates from the nation’s largest port and compromises the health of nearby communities.  

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The National Health Journalism Fellows will take a tour of the varied landscapes of Downtown Los Angeles this afternoon. Their guides, Sandra McNeill, Executive Director of the Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust, and Roberto Bustillo, a tenant organizer for Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), say that the much lauded revitalization projects are exacerbating problems faced by long-time tenants in the area.

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A look at the progress and potential pitfalls in California's $3 billion stem cell research program.

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Stan Rosenstein is a principal advisor at Health Management Associates. Previously, he was deputy director of medical care services and head of Medi-Cal for the California Department of Health Services. He began his career in state government in 1974 and joined the California Department of Health Services' Medi-Cal program as an analyst in 1977.

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Pete Delgado is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Los Angeles County- University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Healthcare Network. He is responsible for directing the leadership and operations of all health service programs for LAC-USC
Healthcare Network including the Medical center, the tertiary care hub of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and the primary teaching facility of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. As a seasoned healthcare executive, Mr.

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Ms. Macchia received her J.D. from Golden Gate University and her B.A. from Mills College. Her professional experience includes 25 years of health care management experience, beginning in 1980 with health care labor relations in San Francisco and transitioning to managed care in 1984, when she became national director of provider relations and subsequently national development counsel for Maxicare Health Plans. She served as director of health plans for the University of Southern California for a dozen years.

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Jinah Choi is an assistant professor in the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced. Her research focuses on the molecular characterization of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and its interactions with the host. HCV is an important human pathogen. More than 80 percent of HCV infection results in chronic infection that can lead to serious liver diseases, such as liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (i.e. liver cancer). Choi seeks to better understand HCV and its pathogenic mechanisms in order to develop a new and improved anti-HCV therapy. Choi received her Ph.D.

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Dr. Elena Volpi is an professor of geriatric medicine and holds the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also is director of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at the Sealy Center on Aging. Volpi is an endocrinologist, a gerontologist and an expert in human metabolism. Her research on muscle metabolism in aging dates back to 1996.

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Don Cohon has been on the clinical faculty in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco since 1982. Currently, he is director of Edgewood Center for Children and Families' Institute for the Study of Community-Based Services. The Edgewood Center provides care for severely emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children, ages 5 to 14, most of whom have suffered parental abuse, neglect, or prenatal substance exposure.

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