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The CDC "is prepared" for a zombie apocalypse, hospitals exaggerate the safety of robot surgery, emergency room closings and more from our Daily Briefing. 

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A doctor busted for prescribing drugs for an Internet pharmacy talks about how and why he did it.

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The construction of a dam near an Indian reservation on the Missouri River forced residents to less fertile land and put an end to their farming habits. Since then, American Indians have experienced a lack of nutrition, leading to diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

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If you want to know how tough someone’s life has been, look inside his mouth. Teeth are made of the hardest substance in the human body. But poverty, neglect and disease can crack them, break them, ruin them. The patients at the SOME dental clinic on O Street NW have been through a lot. Their teeth tell the story.

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Too many colonoscopies, budget deficits bog down California's health reform rollout and a rare case of bubonic plague, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Here are tips on getting ready to cover health reform's rollout in your community.

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While funding for California's welfare programs has seen a steady decline over the past few decades, the state's financial crisis may mean even more severe cutbacks. Many who depend on these programs may face homelessness and illness as a result.

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Some local entrepreneurs have been stunned because they failed to meet all the rules for the small-business tax credits in last year's highly vaunted federal health care law to help cover their health care costs.

Despite their disappointment, they're hopeful that another part of the law, which kicks in three years from now, is well worth waiting for.

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America has trash pickers, too. A visit to a recycling facility in San Jose, California, suggests numerous health and workplace safety stories for journalists to explore in their communities.

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An American nonprofit is offering HIV-positive Kenyan women $40 to use IUDs as long-term birth control—and women are taking them up on it. Is this the right way to prevent the transmission of HIV to children?

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