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The report delves into some of the root causes of these health disparities, such as housing segregation.
Looking for story leads on the underlying factors driving health in your community? The 2018 County Health Rankings offer a wealth of datapoints on what influences a community’s health.
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California is facing a gray tide. And the state’s fragile long-term care infrastructure is ill-prepared for the coming surge in demand. What can be done?
Dr. Waney Squier at her TEDx talk.

Pediatric neuropathologist Dr. Waney Squier has distilled decades of professional and personal experience into a potent and provocative TEDx talk, “I believed in Shaken Baby Syndrome until science showed I was wrong.”

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It’s hard to imagine a more urgent time than this one, when it comes to supporting great journalism on the health challenges facing Californians.
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Poor people, people in isolated, rural areas and minorities are least likely to receive palliative care and counseling about end-of-life decisions. And one-third of U.S. hospitals don’t have a palliative care team.
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Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Los Angeles County and they’re hitting communities of color the hardest. It's a problem that goes way beyond risky individual behaviors.
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Two of the country's leading researchers and a top reporter on gun violence in the U.S. discuss how to cover the epidemic of violence as an urgent and overlooked public health problem.
"The community as a whole feels terrified and uncertain about their future." (Getty Images)
The negative psychological effects over fear of enforcement actions by ICE agents are being felt most acutely by undocumented parents and parents who have temporary protected status.
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In rural Northern California counties, people tend to live miles from help. They may be too sick or poor to drive. If despair takes over and there’s a gun in the home, the thought of suicide can quickly become reality.
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Violent incidents were four times more common in health care workplaces compared to private industry overall, according to one report. What can be done to stem this violence?

Direct to consumer drug ads become more aggressive

Much direct-to-consumer drug advertising makes a mockery of the entire U.S. health care system by aggressively seeking people who are not sick to "treat" while millions who really are sick but for whom there is no profit in treating are ignored

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