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What happens when someone dies who has no assets – or friends or relatives – to pay for his burial? Procedures for pauper's burials vary widely by jurisdiction. It is one of those little-discussed arenas of public health, a topic that often intersects with the deaths of the homeless.

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Many professions have their version of a post-event analysis of what went wrong, and how to prevent it. The autopsy report is medicine's. Journalists can find a trove of stories in a review of death certificates.

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Why are part-time elected officials in California getting such expensive full-time health benefits? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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The lack of support for breastfeeding in hospitals has a bigger effect on low-income mothers. It is common for hospitals to offer formula for newborn babies or separate them from their mothers at birth, without medical reason. Such practices are considered huge barriers to breastfeeding because they hinder the start.

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Every ER has patients like "Sam." The staff call them "frequent fliers" because they patch them up and discharge them, only to watch them return an hour or a day or a week later with another problem.  How much should the health care system spend to help someone who won't help himself? 

 

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Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a one-third of its population on Medi-Cal — California's version of Medicaid. This is more than any other county in the state, yet the resources to care for the Medi-Cal population are few.

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It takes a certain kind of stubbornness and stick-to-it-ness to develop a successful online news site or a popular blog, especially if you are writing about the civic life of your community — not fashion tidbits or celebrity gossip. We are working with these news innovators to expand their health reporting.

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“Tenemos los baños y los break rooms (cuartos de descanso de los empleados)”, respondió Perla Rodríguez, vocera de los supermercados Mi Pueblo, cuando se le preguntó si la compañía les ofrece a las empleadas que amamantan un lugar especial para extraerse la leche.

Al mencionársele que los baños no eran considerados higiénicos para tal uso y los cuartos de descanso de los trabajadores no brindaban la privacidad necesaria, sugirió que las empleadas podían entonces usar las oficinas donde se llevan a cabo las reuniones de los directivos de la empresa. Aunque aclaró que nunca se ha presentando el caso. Y dijo que todos los trabajadores reciben sus descansos.

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Who will be the winners and losers amid health reform's planned expansion of Medicaid? In her reporting, Danielle Ivory finds shifting power dynamics and unexpected financial risks for insurers. 

 

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