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In 2010, when I started researching the health effects of climate change for my book, Fevered, it seemed like this looming threat wasn’t on the nation’s radar screens. I was pessimistic that changes could be made in time to avert catastrophe. But as I drilled down, I was pleasantly surprised to disc

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When is a medical study on its own not worth a story? A recent study on music therapy for anxiety offers some clues.

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The association of a murine retrovirus with ME/CFS appears to be no longer viable, but many of the researchers who can't find XMRV in patients still believe that other viruses are at play.

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This story explores how freeways may cause children in certain Utah neighborhoods to be hospitalized more often. It is a sidebar to the third part of her series on health disparities in Salt Lake City.

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In a state that prides itself as one of the healthiest in the nation, the people of western Salt Lake City face geographic health disparities that are daunting to overcome, including higher pollution and asthma rates.

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Wayne A. Beach is a professor of communication at SDSU and an associate member of the Cancer Center in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on conversational and institutional interactions and their convergence, including medical interviewing and how families talk through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Beach has pioneered studies on how family members talk through illness dilemmas, including bulimia and terminal cancer, providing innovative approaches to understanding communication in casual and institutional health care contexts.

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Carolyn Walker is a professor of nursing in SDSU's School of Nursing and assistant dean for student services in graduate and research affairs at SDSU. Walker's clinical and research specialty is pediatric nursing with a subspecialty in pediatric oncology. She chaired the research committee for the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses for five years and has also served as its president. Walker received her associate's degree in nursing from Fullerton College in 1968, her B.S. in nursing from California State University, Fullerton in 1976, her M.S.

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