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The label on the malaria drug, developed by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the 1970s after another malaria drug used in Vietnam failed, warns of psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, aggression, tremors, confusion, abnormal dreams and suicide. The drug still prescribed to US

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When I left for a week of reporting in rural California in late February, I didn't know I would come back with two stories about the devastating health consequences of isolation.

I'm not just talking about the geographic isolation one finds in a remote area. From the hilly evergreen landscape of eastern Shasta County, to the agricultural flatlands of Tulare County in the South Central Valley, I witnessed how isolation can leave people in the dark about keeping healthy, lead to emotional despair, and pose real barriers to quality of life.

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A group of parents, educators and nutrition experts are making strides to break the cycle of unhealthy food choices among students in the Del Norte County Unified School District.

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Daniel Hancz is chief pharmacist for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and a specialist in counterfeit and foreign drug identification. He was formerly a supervisor at the Los Angeles County Regional Drug and Poison Information Center. He has been assigned to the Health Authority Law Enforcement Task force for eight years. He is also an adjunct professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Southern California.

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Maxine Liggins is an Area Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The Service Planning Areas in which she works include the wealthiest and the poorest residents of Los Angeles County. Public Health’s mission of “improving the quality of life for the residents of Los Angeles County” serves as a yardstick to measure the quality of health services provided in the Los Angeles County. Dr.

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Gay youth are at risk for the most difficult challenges in the lives of youth today -- suicide, victimization and substance abuse. Dr. Stephen Russell, a professor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, is studying why gay youth are at risk. His research focuses on understanding the school, family and friendships of gay youth to better understand why some are at risk and why many are not. As of 2010, he was the president-elect of the Society for Research on Adolescents.

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Dowell Myers, Ph.D, is professor of urban planning and demography in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, at USC and author of Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2007.) He is chair of the school's Faculty Council and directs the school's Population Dynamics Research Group. Professor Myers leads the ongoing USC California Demographic Futures research project, which has recently focused on the upward mobility of immigrants to the U.S.

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