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In Michigan, companies have begun to recover, businesses are hiring and the economy is humming again. But recovery has remained elusive for many families whose struggles have been exacerbated by severe cuts to social safety nets, education and social programs.

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“HIV is the face of the forgotten people in this country,” Dr. Carlos Del Rio, an Atlanta-based AIDS expert, told me last February. Nevertheless, there continue to be "hot spots” where the disease thrives. Those areas are some of the most impoverished parts of major cities in the U.S.

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The plight of prisoners in California has received extensive coverage since a class action lawsuit alleged bad medical care behind bars violated the U.S. Constitution. In Virginia, however, there has been little reporting on the quality of health care for about 31,000 people in state prisons.

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Pennsylvania has seen an increasing number of refugees settling in the state. I will report on efforts to deal with health issues in this community, including the high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Looking at kids being part of protests against deportations is something that could and should break anyone’s heart. I believe that no child should be in the position of suffering an unexpected separation from their parents because of immigration laws. But as we know, that situation happens daily.

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Studies have linked loneliness and social isolation to an array of potentially devastating health challenges, including Alzheimer’s and other neurologically degenerative conditions, diabetes, overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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Texas is fertile ground for debate on women’s health issues, as the national attention on state Sen. Wendy Davis’s recent filibuster of controversial regulations revealed. What's ahead for family planning services in the state and the women who depend on the programs?

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One billion dollars a year could be saved a year if Medicare adopted the VA's prescribing habits, according to a recent paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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During our five-day program, we will tackle topics ranging from the country’s historic health care expansion to health and homelessness.

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After hours of emotional debate, the Texas Senate late on Tuesday evening approved omnibus legislation to tighten abortion restrictions.

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