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Nathan's just 14, but he's no slouch. He's articulate, creative, has a good group of friends and seems to take time to think about what he's doing. He's also been overweight for most of his life. To him, it feels like a curse.

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The long-awaited Federal Communications Commission report on American journalism, Information Needs of Communities, paints a poignant picture of the decline of health journalism at the nation’s newspapers.

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It's third period at Castlemont Business and Information Technology School in East Oakland. A visitor begins a discussion about poverty, bad food and crime. Tough times? Tough streets? These high school students aren't stressing.

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Diabetes Hands Foundation won 2 Telly Awards! The Big Blue Test video that went viral surrounding the Big Blue Test diabetes awareness campaign last November took the honors. The Big Blue Test video won 1 silver (the highest honor) and 1 bronze award.

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The National Library of Medicine plans an exhibit of Native American healing practices this fall. In preparation, its physician-director met and questioned nine renowned Indian medicine men in Bismark, ND, a rare encounter.

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The construction of a dam near an Indian reservation on the Missouri River forced residents to less fertile land and put an end to their farming habits. Since then, American Indians have experienced a lack of nutrition, leading to diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

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Journalist Yesenia Amaro examines how some small businesses will cope with health reform as their health costs for workers continue to soar.

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Janna Rodriguez, one of the owners of J&R Tacos in Merced, wants to learn more about the specific provisions in the federal health care law designed to help small businesses such as hers. Her restaurant, which opened almost five years ago, employs eight part-time employees — and none of them receive health care benefits.

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I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of ABC's The View this week. I was a guest on what turned out to be a historic news day: The morning after the President announced Osama Bin Laden had been killed in a daring raid. When I had heard the news the night before I thought my segment, discussing my new book, The Web-Savvy Patient, would be bumped.

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Dr. David C. Martin may be onto something. In three Antidote posts last week, he made the case that health care workers should not wear surgical scrubs out in public. If seen doing so, they should be confronted. Now, doctors are talking back. 

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