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A quarter of Texas abortion providers suspend services after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction by a federal district court that would have halted implementation of a state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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 I will be reporting on three health issues that affect Latino families in North Texas, as part of my National Health Journalism Fellowship.

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Parkland Memorial Hospita has for years been one of the state’s worst-performing hospitals on a broad federal measure of patient safety, a Dallas Morning News analysis shows. Hospital representatives accepted the accuracy of the calculations, but they questioned how well the data reflected actual performance and current hospital conditions. 

 
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Paul T. Giboney, M.D., is associate medical director of Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero, a non-profit community health center in Los Angeles that serves about 50,000 patients a year, most of them uninsured or underinsured. Dr. Giboney has been involved in inner city medicine for 14 years and has worked at Clinica Romero for six years. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Giboney has been extensively involved with several quality improvement efforts at Clinica Romero and in collaborative work with community and public partners. Dr.

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Murray Penner is the Deputy Executive Director of Domestic Programs at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). Penner's primary responsibilities include oversight of the Care and Treatment, Prevention, Viral Hepatitis and Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities programs, including oversight of cooperative agreements with HRSA, CDC and the Office of Minority Health (OMH). Penner also oversees overall responsibility for NASTAD's National ADAP Monitoring and Technical Assistance program, which includes production of the National ADAP Report.

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