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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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It can be uncomfortable asking people about their finances. In journalism, though, there is an obligation not only to ask, but to ask for proof — especially with clinical trials.

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To a teen living in the rough areas of East Oakland, sorrow is no stranger. Random violence, worry about the future and a constant battle for basics such as healthy food or good schools add up to a kind of life that can make an East Oakland teen far older than his or her chronological age.

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Kathryn Pitkin Derose is a researcher at RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation, the nation’s largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research portfolio that focuses on topics including health care quality, costs and delivery. She is currently principal investigator on a multi‐year, National Institutes of Health (NIH)‐funded study on urban congregations’ capacity for HIV Prevention and care.

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Valerie Ruelas is the Director of the Community Diabetes Initiatives of the University of Southern California and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles managing the program‚s research grants and projects. Ms. Ruelas has received a grant from the California Community Foundation and worked with the South Los Angeles community to establish a farmers market in Watts and developed a promotora program to assist in the Hubert Humphrey Health Center‚s diabetes program ˆ a sister clinic of the Roybal Health Center.

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Rob McConnell is professor of preventive medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and deputy director of the Children's Environmental Health Center. He has researched the effects of air pollution on the development and exacerbation of asthma and is the principal investigator for the Children's Health Study, a large prospective cohort study to investigate these relationships. His work includes the study of associations between ozone and traffic emissions with the development of asthma.

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The shimmering blue lights of the Terminal Island Bridge, rising above the Port of Los Angeles, belie the intense pollution that emanates from the nation’s largest port and compromises the health of nearby communities.  

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Dr. Charles McKay understands the human heart better than most of us.

He has authored or co-authored hundreds of research papers about various aspects of cardiac care. He helped write the joint American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for valvular heart disease treatment. Some of his work has been cited more than 1,000 times by other researchers.

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Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman is the principal investigator of PharmedOut, an educational campaign aimed at showing physicians how marketing influences their prescribing decisions. Originally funded by the Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant, PharmedOut, among other things, offers continuing medical education to doctors, allowing them to earn credits without taking courses funded by drug or device companies.

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