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Half of California’s 10 counties with the highest teenage birth rates are in the Central Valley, despite statewide record lows in teen births. Even so, the Valley lacks programs that help boys understand the responsibilities of sex and parenthood.
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Out of 160 Fresno Unified high school students who took a survey conducted by The Fresno Bee, more than half said they had only “learned a little” about sex in school. Sixteen percent said they had learned nothing at all.
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"It's a common experience among many Asian American families — skillfully avoiding the topic of sex until absolutely necessary, which is often too late," reporter Thy Vo writes in part two of her series on discussions of sexuality in Asian American families.

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An online health startup called Nurx bills itself as the "Uber for birth control." Dr. Monya De takes the site out for a spin, and finds she has some serious reservations along the way.

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A Texas GOP plan to exclude 40 Planned Parenthood clinics from the state's Texas Woman’s Health Program has lead to fewer claims for birth control and wellness exams as well as lower overall enrollment numbers.

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This year, there's no political fireworks or high-octane drama like the 2011 fight over women’s health care and abortion in Texas. Democrats will not die on the sword of bringing Planned Parenthood back into the fold, and Republicans will not put up additional barriers to women’s access to care.

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Alzheimer's research has a promising new gene, the NAACP likes Obamacare, teaching doctors to think about costs and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Insurers consolidate, the HPV vaccine is working, new evidence on groundwater contamination from fracking and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Why are the feds slashing lead poisoning prevention programs? Plus news on teen diabetes and rising health care costs, and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Drug shortages still painful for patients, little scrutiny of medical devices, contraception hurdles and more from our Daily Briefing.

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