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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Rich Lord, a participant in the USC Center for Health Journalism's 2018 Data Fellowship.
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“The best policy we can pursue is try to reduce access to firearms among people who are suicidal," one researcher says.
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This article was produced as a project for the 2017 California Data Fellowship, a program of the USC Center for Health Journalism. 
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The challenge for journalists covering the country’s unchanged perinatal mortality rate is to go beyond the hospital setting, says Boston University's Eugene Declercq.
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“Children get the best care possible, no doubt,” says the head of the Sickle Disease Foundation of California. “It’s when that child becomes an adult — that’s when they fall into a black hole.”
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Psychologist Suniya Luthar finds an all-too-common pattern: Mothers dismiss their own emotional distress, prioritizing the needs of others over their own.
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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.
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"We are overreacting to the need to lower opioid prescribing by punishing patients," says Dr. Kelly Pfeifer.
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Gentrification threatens the health of black residents in Washington D.C. “This dynamic can have a profound effect on mental health and the civic engagement [of city residents]," one Georgetown professor said.
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STDs have been on the rise nationwide for the past five years, and South LA has some of the highest rates in the county. The problem is driven in part by high levels of racial segregation.

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