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From harmful dust to toxic fumes, poor oversight is blamed as school repairs make the same mistakes again and again.
A social worker talks with a mother about signing up her son for food steps in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Diagnosing social problems only helps if treatment is available

The Trump administration's recent efforts to shrink the social safety net will only make treating the real drivers of health harder.
Courtesy Kate Romero

'Pain is my constant companion': One Angeleno's pain diary

Over the course of a week in March, Los Angeles stand-up comic and life coach Kate Romero opened up to KPCC about the pain she feels from degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia.
Linda Tisbo, a member of the Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective, cleans out her pipe on April 11, 2018.

Is pot the answer to keeping seniors in pain off opioids and other prescription drugs?

Some seniors there now say they are looking for ways to take as few prescription drugs as possible. And many are turning to cannabis as an alternative.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Join an award-winning news team

NPRs Science Desk is looking for an experienced, versatile health editor to take a leading role in our multiplatform coverage of consumer health trends, medicine, public health, biotech and health policy.

Get the story on America’s drug price problem

NYT's Katie Thomas shares how she finds and vets stories of real people stung by ever-rising drug prices, and expert panelists provide key context for rounding out coverage.
Jill Replogle

Is the crackdown on opioids failing patients?

"We are overreacting to the need to lower opioid prescribing by punishing patients," says Dr. Kelly Pfeifer.
Michelle Faust / KPCC

The opioid epidemic isn't hitting LA as hard as the rest of the country. Ethnic diversity might explain why

In Los Angeles County, the rate of deadly overdoses is much lower than the national rate. Why?


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