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Why do Mexican-American schoolchildren in California have seven times more flame retardant in their systems than their peers in Mexico? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Consumer genetic tests for kids, problem drinkers and hospital infections, staph bacteria in meat and budget problems ahead for community clinics: all in today's Daily Briefing.

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On Monday, Dr. David C. Martin, a retired Sacramento anesthesiologist, introduced the idea that the public should be on the watch for health care workers wearing hospital scrubs outside of a medical setting, especially in restaurants. Martin's plea for a public health response continues.

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Yep, it's that time again: The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today released their second annual rankings of health in America's counties. And so I'm reposting some context and story ideas from last year's rankings - they're still applicable this year.

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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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Why are TB cases declining so dramatically in California? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Disease, disaster and video games are highlighted in today's Daily Briefing.

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A doctors' gag order over fracking chemicals, good news on obesity prevention, and a rapping global health expert turned World Bank leader, plus more from our Top 5 Today.

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In the coffee-growing highlands of Ethiopia, an Italian scientist on a plant collecting expedition discovers a local medicine man dispensing an apparent cure for AIDS. Fact or fiction?

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How safe are California hospitals in the event of a major earthquake? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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