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Fighting Children’s Cavities In SF's Chinatown: It Takes A Coalition

Sixteen years ago, city and school officials in San Francisco came together with dentists to figure out how to improve oral health in students. The program screens all San Francisco public school kindergartners for tooth decay.

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Fighting Children’s Cavities In SF's Chinatown: It Takes A Coalition

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Sixteen years ago, city and school officials in San Francisco came together with dentists to figure out how to improve oral health in students. The program screens all San Francisco public school kindergartners for tooth decay.

Michigan Considers Opioid Abuse Instruction In Schools

Mar 29, 2017
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Michigan lawmakers are considering requiring mandatory opioid abuse education in public schools as part of a package of bills aimed at combatting the addiction and overdose epidemic in the state.

Lead Poisoning’s Lifelong Toll Includes Lowering Social Mobility, Researchers Find

Mar 28, 2017
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Cynthia Brownfield was lucky. When her daughter, then 2 years old, tested for high levels of lead in her blood, she could do something.

Micaela Delgado is a beautiful dark-eyed baby girl with a ready smile. She's 8 months old. She's one of more than 1,000 babies already born in Puerto Rico to mothers with Zika.

Her mother, Yalieth Gonzalez, 22, says despite all her worries, so far Micaela's development appears normal. "She's very active, she's up on her own now, she's crawling," Gonzalez says. "She's saying, 'mama' and 'papa' already. She's a very happy baby. She has a lot of energy." But Gonzalez is on alert for signs of trouble.

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House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass.

"Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law."

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This week - Fewer teens are using opioids, a couple new studies say. Could it help alleviate the nation's opioid epidemic? ... In Indiana, lawmakers are moving new bills aimed at improving food access and establishing a needle exchange in the state ... Another week, more assessment of what the GOP's plan for health care could mean for Americans' insurance coverage and health ... Read on ...

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Mary Rivera knew something wasn’t right, but she still didn’t go to the doctor. 

“I knew that my uterus wasn’t where it should've been, but I didn’t have any insurance at the time. To go to the hospital and have an operation seemed impossible,” Rivera said from her home in Manchester, New York.

Treatment ‘Silos,’ Needle Exchange Bill Edges Forward In Indiana

Mar 24, 2017
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A bill that would give counties the ability to set up needle exchanges without first getting state approval is one step closer to becoming law.

Financing Sought For Healthy Food Legislation In Indiana

Mar 22, 2017
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Supporters of a bill that would expand access to healthy food rallied at the Statehouse this week. They are pushing for lawmakers to establish a healthy food financing initiative.

GOP Health Care Bill Could Hit Rural America Hard

Mar 21, 2017
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Darvin Bentlage says his health insurance plan used to be the same as all the other cattle farmers in Barton County, Mo.: stay healthy until he turned 65, then get on Medicare. But when he turned 50, things did not go according to plan.

“Well, I had a couple issues,” he says.

He’s putting it mildly.


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