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The U.S. healthcare system is produced and fueled by crony capitalism. Activist investor Dave Chase bottom lined the result (Forbes): “The Middle Class is in a 20-year long economic depression that is at least 95 percent due to health care.”

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This week, we caught up with Lisa Aliferis, senior communications officer for California Health Care Foundation’s High Value Care Team, and former health editor of KQED’s State of Health. Here are her top morning reads.
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In Los Angeles, reporter Peiwen Jing finds that the public health system could be doing far more to reach out to Chinese immigrants about health care coverage and access to care.
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You might think that tooth decay was a disease only seen in elderly patients, but the fact of the matter is that teeth can decay long before they are fully matured. In countries where dental care is seen as a luxury rather than a necessity, oral health deficiencies are prevalent in people of all age

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A reporter who was on the scene shortly after the terror attack in San Bernardino follows up with the victims and first responders over the following year to understand how the event impacted their mental health.
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Voiness Nyatsuro (35) a mother of two gave birth to triplets, two boys and a girl on January 28 ,2016 when she least expected it ....

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Cleaning products with antibiotics do not get you “cleaner” than soap and water but they do encourage antibiotic resistance and “superbugs” and disrupt endocrine systems in humans and animals.

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“Our church does not allow us to go to hospitals for medication and child birth as for that I did not do anything wrong here your worship,” said Nyamukondiwa Lazaro a member of the Johanne Marange Apostolic sect  when he appeared before a magistrate facing murder charges....

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Pregnant to term and home alone, 18 year old Sofia Nyangani sneaked out into a nearby bush outside their Odzi home to self-deliver....

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Remember the old days of diagnosing yourself online? From frantically googling your aches and pains to clicking around on WebMD’s interactive Symptom Checker, early digital health resources often left us high and dry, with incomplete - or worse, inaccurate - information.



Soaring out-of-pocket costs, rising premiums, and shaky insurance exchanges raise urgent questions this election season. What policies might address these problems, and how do the presidential candidates’ health plans differ? This webinar will give an overview of each candidates’ policy prescriptions and provide reporters with crucial context for covering one of the election’s most important but overlooked issues.

The 2017 California Fellowship, for California-based journalists only, will be held March 5-9, 2017 in Los Angeles. This Fellowship will focus on vulnerable populations and access to care and health care reform and innovation. We also take an in-depth look at how community conditions influence individuals' prospects for health. Each Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend to assist with the costs of reporting an ambitious Fellowship project on a California health issue, as well as six months of mentoring by a Senior Fellow. Deadline to apply is Dec. 1.  For more information, go here.


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