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From the annals of gross but important stories – now, with a summer news peg! – comes a new CDC MMWR report showing a striking 62 percent increase in the number of cryptosporidiosis cases from 2006 to 2008. Because cryptosporidiosis is a waterborne disease, this basically suggests that more kids are swimming in pools or playing in other water tainted with enough cryptosporidium protozoa (parasites) to make them sick.

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We’re Number 6! Hurray!

There has been quite a flurry of quick-hit news stories about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s health rankings of the nation’s counties. Apparently, at one point on the day they were released, “county health rankings” was the top search term in Google News.

Too bad a number of these stories were boosterish (or defensive) pieces, devoid of context, about where individual counties ranked in comparison to the one next door.

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As Congress considers a major overhaul of the U.S. health care system, Health Dialogues examines how the new state budget will affect health care closer to home. Will kids in low income families be able to get basic services? What about drug treatment programs mandated by Proposition 36? And how may where you live affect the care you'll get?

Healthy Families Long-Term Stability in Question: Find out what it's like to be a 15 year-old girl without health insurance, as Health Dialogues hears from one of nearly 80,000 children on the Healthy Families waiting list backlog.

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I am a California Broadcast Fellow this year. For my fellowship project, I am developing three series of radio reports 1590 KLIV, an all-news radio station in San Jose, Ca. and I'm looking for feedback. Here's a synopsis of the three series:

1. What's Killing Silicon Valley?

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How did Santa Clara County in California spend its Homeland Security and bioterrorism preparedness grants after 9/11?On public health? Or "toys for boys?"

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When a major insurance company goes under in California's strained healthcare system, the reverberations run deep.

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Dr. Martin Fenstersheib is the health officer for Santa Clara County. In this state-appointed role, Fenstersheib works closely with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, part of the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. Fenstersheib began working for Santa Clara County in 1984 and has served as its health officer and public health medical director since 1994. He is board-certified in pediatrics, public health and preventive medicine.

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The Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County (LAS) is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1960 to provide free, civil legal services for low-income individuals unable to obtain access to the judicial system through other avenues. As Silicon Valley's economy has grown, the unique diversity of the area has made the needs of families in poverty more complex. LAS seeks to ensure that clients have equal access to the justice system. Its outreach and education programs provide community members with needed tools to advocate for themselves and to lead more independent and knowledgeable lives.

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