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More than two decades after U.S. regulators first issued guidelines on radon infiltration into homes and buildings, the World Health Organization reports that the radon threat to human health is much more serious than previously known.

Forget the Anthony Weiner Scandal – Consider the Sacking of New York’s Medicaid Inspector General

The Anthony Weiner scandal, to my mind, was the least interesting news coming out of New York political circles last week. The most interesting is the apparent sacking of New York's aggressive Medicaid Inspector General.

Orange County park history is a tale of two counties

Tracy Wood reports on why parks are so scarce in one half of California's Orange County, but not the other half.

Kids battle the lure of junk food

Nathan's just 14, but he's no slouch. He's articulate, creative, has a good group of friends and seems to take time to think about what he's doing. He's also been overweight for most of his life. To him, it feels like a curse.

New FCC Journalism Report Paints Bleak Picture of Health Coverage

The long-awaited Federal Communications Commission report on American journalism, Information Needs of Communities, paints a poignant picture of the decline of health journalism at the nation’s newspapers.

Surviving and thriving: What works to make teens stronger, more resilient

It's third period at Castlemont Business and Information Technology School in East Oakland. A visitor begins a discussion about poverty, bad food and crime. Tough times? Tough streets? These high school students aren't stressing.

Diabetes Hands Foundation Wins 2 Telly Awards for Big Blue Test video

Diabetes Hands Foundation won 2 Telly Awards! The Big Blue Test video that went viral surrounding the Big Blue Test diabetes awareness campaign last November took the honors. The Big Blue Test video won 1 silver (the highest honor) and 1 bronze award.

Two Healing Traditions Meet on the Plains

The National Library of Medicine plans an exhibit of Native American healing practices this fall. In preparation, its physician-director met and questioned nine renowned Indian medicine men in Bismark, ND, a rare encounter.

Ripple effects

The construction of a dam near an Indian reservation on the Missouri River forced residents to less fertile land and put an end to their farming habits. Since then, American Indians have experienced a lack of nutrition, leading to diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

Healthcare Overhaul: More of a struggle for some small businesses

Journalist Yesenia Amaro examines how some small businesses will cope with health reform as their health costs for workers continue to soar.



The deadline is approaching to apply for our new all-expenses-paid Fellowship in December 2015, which will introduce 10 California journalists to the wealth of health data sources that can inform and elevate their reporting. The Fellowship includes a $1,000 reporting stipend and six months of mentoring.

Twenty-one journalists from around the country are with us in Los Angeles this week for the 2015 National Health Journalism Fellowship. Read about the Fellowship here. 


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