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A quick heads up on some health data now available from the U.S. Department Veterans Affairs, pulled from the innards of a just released (and lengthy)  "open government" report. This should be of interest to journalists who have a V.A. medical facility in their community. (Here's a list of V.A. medical facilities in the United States.)

From the report:

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Here's something a doctor should hope to never hear after performing surgery:

"Doc, my eye feels like mayonnaise."

That was the assessment of an 81-year-old patient operated on by Dr. Gary W. Hall, a Phoenix ophthalmologist.

The patient had cataracts in both eyes, but her vis

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When word hit the grapevine that the Madre Maria Ines Teresa Health Center in Santa Ana had prescription painkillers for the asking, the place couldn't keep them in stock.

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Radio reporter and freelance writer Nathanael Johnson followed his fascinating story on maternal mortality for California Watch with a piece about a few of the families left behind when women died from pregnancy-related causes.

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The CDC today released some surprising MMWR statistics on H1N1/swine flu vaccination rates around the United States today. The regional variation, especially for children under 17, is striking, particularly amid news that less than half of the nearly 230 million vaccine doses available to Americans have been used, leaving a staggering surplus that's soon to expire.

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Bianca and Michael Alexander examine the lack of healthy food options around Chicago and what that means for residents' health.

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In a four-part series, Uriel Posada investigated health disparities confronting the Hispanic community in the United States. 

En una serie de cuatro partes, Uriel Posada investigo las disparidades de salud en la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos.

 

Part 1: What is the Current Situation in the Hispanic Community? 

Parte 1: Cual es la situacion actual en la comunidad hispana?


Part 2: Health Disparities and the Hispanic Culture

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Julio Cesar Ortiz, a reporter for KMEX TV 34 (Univision) in Los Angeles, produced a three-part series that examined the effects of Alzheimer's disease on elderly Latinos. Titled "Thief of Memories," his Spanish-language series highlighted the various stages of the memory-destroying condition and presented options for families who are struggling to care for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease.

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Luckily for Dr. Dan Stephen Hollis, an Alabama ophthalmologist, medical boards rarely see selling drugs over the Internet in the same way that police officers see selling drugs in the street.

 

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In order to serve its increasingly multi-lingual population, New York State requires interpretation services in all hospitals. But when caring for immigrants, the language barrier is just one of a myriad of issues health providers grapple with. Even though there is no statewide mandate for cultural sensitivity, many doctors say it's become a necessary instrument in providing medical care for the city's immigrant population.

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