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Doc Gurley's Urban Health Beat

Doctor-blogger Jan Gurley writes about practicing medicine on the margins of society, and what we can learn from it.

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How many people leave our prisons with no fixed destination?  If only for public safety reasons, you might assume the correctional system would want to know.  You would be wrong.

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In California’s largest cities, one senses that the number of homeless people continues to grow, whatever the interventions to prevent it. But some of the more commonly cited reasons for that growth don't explain the whole story.

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We all live in fear of that moment of diagnosis. You know it's bad, and your brain flees, backing away into a deep, silent corner. Only the words incurable and cancer slither into the darkness where your thoughts are hiding. So what happens that night if you're homeless?

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Low trace levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been found in rain in Massachusetts. Now, as Doc Gurley r

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Once the Great Potassium Iodide panic began, most Americans received messages saying “Don't Panic” on Twitter, on Facebook, the Internet. And that was the responsible media thing to do, right? Here's what may be wrong with that approach, neurologically speaking.

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Doctor-blogger Jan Gurley introduces her new blog on covering health at the margins of society, muses about why she blogs, and how her doctor and journalist roles sometimes conflict.

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