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Health

NAM original coverage, youth media stories and ethnic media articles on health care and policy in America. For more information on NAM's healthcare coverage coverage, contact Viji Sundaram at vsundaram [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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EPA Exec Meets with Worried Parents in Kettleman City

Vida en el Valle, Rebecca Plevin, Feb 12, 2010

In an unprecedented show of support for the residents of the rural farmworker community, EPA regional head traveled to Kettleman City to meet mothers whose babies were born with birth defects.

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Young People Weigh in on Legalizing Pot in SF

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary, Various Authors, Feb 03, 2010

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi proposed a June ballot measure that would "license, regulate, and tax the cultivation and sales of cannabis" - whether for medicinal or recreational use, pending board approval. Young people in San Francisco weigh in on the measure.

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Pregnancy-related deaths rise in California

New America Media/California Watch, News report, Nathanael Johnson, Feb 03, 2010

The mortality rate of California women who die from causes directly related to pregnancy has nearly tripled in the past decade, prompting doctors to worry about the dangers of obesity in expectant mothers and about medical complications of cesarean sections.

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Kids' Dental Decay Takes a Bite out of School Attendance

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Feb 02, 2010

Children's tooth decay is a "silent epidemic," a leading cause of school absenteeism, poor academic performance and behavior problems if left untreated, reports NAM health editor Viji Sundaram. February is children's dental health month.

H1N1 Stories Rivet Capitol Hill Event

New America Media, News Report , Khalil Abdullah and Sarah Damian, Jan 29, 2010

Dr. Henry Lin, a surgeon, was helpless to save his son from the H1N1 virus. He told his tragic story and urged parents to vaccinate their children at a Capital Hill briefing on the flu.

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H1N1 Infections Fall, But a New Wave Could Erupt

New America Media, News Report, Jacob Simas, Jan 27, 2010

State health officials downgraded the flu pandemic from widespread to sporadic but they are concerned about a third wave.

Study: Lumping Ethnic Groups in Mental Health Research Leaves Many Untreated

New America Media, News Report, Paul Kleyman, Jan 24, 2010

Research into depression care that lumps together different ethnic groups misses important differences among them and the care they need, a new study reports.

Obesity Leveled Off in U.S., Except Among Boys

New America Media, Q&A, Viji Sundaram, Jan 21, 2010

A recent CDC report may give Americans cause for cheer. It suggests that we have finally turned a corner in our fight against obesity, which has leveled off across most of the population -- except one group: 6- to 19-year-old boys.

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