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Loma Linda: In Proudly Healthy Town, A Pushback Against McDonald's

Loma Linda: In Proudly Healthy Town, A Pushback Against McDonald's

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In California, Loma Linda residents, many of them Seventh-Day Adventists who are vegetarian and shun alcohol and tobacco, are pushing back against a proposal for McDonald's to move into town, Phil Willon reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Hospitals, Upscale: Butlers? Really? Hospitals are increasingly catering to wealthy patients, many of them international, with spa-like amenities, butlers and fancy linens, Nina Bernstein reports for the New York Times.

Depression: Low serotonin levels, once thought to be the major cause of depression, is only part of what causes depression, and researchers are still searching for answers, Alix Spiegel reports for NPR.

Secondhand Smoke: Condominium owners are increasingly pushing back against secondhand smoke in their buildings, sometimes suing to prevent condo owners from smoking indoors, Ellen Ryan reports for the Washington Post.

Breaking Ties: Catholic Healthcare West, one of the nation's largest hospital chains, is severing its ties with the Catholic church and changing its name to avoid restrictions on reproductive health services that are hampering the chain's expansions, Jordan Rau reports for Kaiser Health News.

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