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Valentine's Day is over, but questions over lead and other heavy metals in chocolate and candy are still around. And while "cocoa puff stories" are the norm around this time of year, some excellent reporting is keeping the spotlight on this bittersweet issue.

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The Affordable Care Act requires health plans to provide mental health services. That means the newly insured will have the option to seek care anywhere they want. This has thrust publicly run mental health clinics into a new landscape of competition.

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At a recent public health conference in San Francisco, health advocates warned that the war on tobacco is far from over. Here's the latest from the front lines.

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Coca-Cola says it doesn't market to kids under 12. The Prevention Institute is skeptical. Here's why.

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Does The Biggest Loser empower people to lose weight and transform their lives, or does it promote unsafe, unrealistic methods for weight loss? An online debate over the television reality show erupted last week at MedPage Today in response to a researcher’s study of the cultural assumpt

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For health media professionals with a knack for generating healthy living content geared toward online audiences, NBC Universal offers an opportunity with iVillage. Also, our Southern California members might want to check out some current openings around Orange County. Or, if you're interested in health journalism fellowships, workshops, awards and other opportunities, you can find the most updated information.

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This week, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles offers a unique opportunity to oversee an initiative aiming to raise mental health awareness in the entertainment industry. We also highlight various medical groups and institutes seeking online-savvy media professionals. In addition to the latest information on health journalism fellowships, workshops and other educational opportunities, check out our new listings for awards and competitions.

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This is one in a series of articles, running between Thanksgiving and January, examining the relationship between housing loss and death in San Francisco. Check out the previous articles in the series, 

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Steven P. Wallace is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and an associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Professor Wallace is a leading national scholar on aging in communities of color. He has published research on access to long-term care by diverse elderly groups, the impact of health policy changes on racial/ethnic minority elderly, and the politics of aging.

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The 'Public Health Awareness' segment will be a recurring feature here on the Pulse + Signal blog where we highlight relevant public health focused observances (e.g. cancer awareness, heart disease awareness, etc). The purpose of this feature is to continue to spread the word around specific health awareness dates to spur increased understanding and prevention.

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A global pandemic, a national reckoning with racism, botched school reopenings and leadership vacuums — it's not an easy moment to be starting out as a journalist. Join us as we hear from three youth journalists from around the country as they discuss the massive challenges confronting their generation. Sign-up here

Ready to take your journalism to a new level by honing your data analysis and visualization skills?  We're offering our highly acclaimed annual Data Fellowship through Zoom from Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

Do you have a great idea for a potentially impactful reporting project on a health challenge in California?  Our 2020 Impact Fund can provide financial support and six months of mentoring.

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