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“Health care is what happens when things go wrong,” Dr. Anthony Iton says. “Health care doesn’t actually make you healthy — it prevents you from deteriorating rapidly.” The broader forces that really shape health, he argues, are what journalists and policymakers should really be focusing on.

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A new report says suspension rates in U.S. middle and high schools are hitting all-time highs. That's particularly troubling news given the research linking education and health.

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Recent developments in Richmond, Va., made a story looking at how where you live affects your health a timely endeavor. Through the lens of housing projects in the city's East End, Tammie Smith explains how she reported that residents there have a lower life expectancy than other Richmonders.

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Public health officials go after an anti-vaccine article, the lifelong effects of long commutes, and calls to regulate dangerous flame retardants, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Nicole Brambila examines some of the factors — income, education, healthy food access and neighborhood safety, just to name a few — that contribute to life expectancy in the Coachella Valley.

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The link between exercise and life expectancy, getting a share of California's health insurance exchange, and why hospitals charge so much for drugs, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Senior day centers jeopardized in California, lower life expectancies for some American women and most-wanted health fraud fugitives, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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A new form of academic peer review surfaces on Twitter, and it can get ugly. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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The circumstances of where and how you are born, grow up, live, work  and grow old shape your health, just as your genes and lifestyle do. The growing field of "social determinants of health" focuses on the impact of these socioeconomic factors on health. Education, politics, violence, income, access to health care, social support, culture, transportation, environmental hazards, physical living conditions and even racism are topics for policymakers, researchers and journalists to consider as they examine health and health disparities within communities, nations and the world.

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