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As part of the Center for Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.

A 2011 Colorado law requiring 30 minutes of physical activity a day for elementary students was supposed to mark a new tool in the fight against childhood obesity – but in reality it did little more than reinforce the status quo. The reason: The measure was gutted during the legislative process.

A patient talks about her depression to therapist Neil Martin at T.H.E. Clinic in South Los Angeles. “It’s so linked, physical and mental health,” Martin said. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times)

Physicians and therapists traditionally haven't collaborated much when treating the same patient, but the federal healthcare law is spurring a change.

The requirement to for individuals to buy health care is one of the most well-known mandates in the Affordable Care Act. However, there are also many other changes unknown to Chinese community.

In response to the Wisconsin State Journal series “Doctor Discipline” that examined the state's dismal record of serious disciplinary actions against bad doctors, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board formed a committee to create better guidelines for disciplining doctors.

Health investigators at Drexel University want medical centers to start asking patients what kind of work they do.

Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania are studying what is takes to get a good night's sleep in Philadelphia.

Starting next year, clinics in rural and urban areas will begin seeing millions of newly insured patients, and face higher expectations to keep costs down. Clinics are trying to improve the odds of keeping these patients healthy, but many are too ill or resistant to altering behavior.

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Cindy Uken's series on suicide in Montana for the Billings Gazette got the attention of state policymakers, who are now beginning to make some changes....

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What has diesel pollution done to community health around the Los Angeles Port complex? California Fellow Tena Rubio tackled the story for KCRW.

Autism, a condition once considered rare, now afflicts an estimated 1 in 88 children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And while autism is more common among white children, the largest increases in diagnoses over time have been among Hispanic children.

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