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Near California's Kettleman City, Toxic Waste Dump Fined After Birth Defect Charges

Near California's Kettleman City, Toxic Waste Dump Fined After Birth Defect Charges

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Environmental Health:

After a long-running legal and regulatory battle, a toxic waste dump near central California's birth-defect plagued Kettleman City must pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and improve its waste management technology, Louis Sahagun reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Prison Health: Doctors working in California's troubled prison health system bring home far bigger paychecks than many of their counterparts around the nation, Michael B. Marois reports for Bloomberg News.

Heart Health: Good news for vegetarians: new research suggests that a mostly plant-based diet may lower so-called "bad" cholesterol more than simply reducing saturated fat, Shirley S. Wang reports for The Wall St. Journal.

E-Health: Could Google Plus transform personal health records and improve our healthcare? We're skeptical, but consultant and former venture capitalist Steve Dickman makes the case in the online publication Xconomy.

Mental Health: The FDA is warning the millions of Americans who take the anti-depressant Celexa (citalopram) not to take more than 40mg of the drug daily because serious heart rhythm problems are associated with higher doses, John Gever reports for MedPage Today.

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