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The makers of popular drugs like Advair, Cymbalta, Viagra and Zoloft have physicians, psychiatrists, and medical school faculty members across California on their payrolls. Does this influence prescribing patterns?

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After scoring a touchdown, the son of Orange County Register humor columnist Marla Jo Fisher fainted. On game day, he was so nervous he hadn't eaten anything. Still, the coaches wouldn't let him come back to the team until he got checked out.

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Some doctors leave the healing arts altogether and become fulltime prescription writers.

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While walking down the street in the spring of late 1980’s Billy found a senior citizen crying on her porch.  When he approached her to find out why she was so upset, she explained, “my television is broken and it will cost $25 to fix.”  To many people this may not be a cause of such great sadness, but to a senior living alone on a fixed income, her only source of companionship was now gone.  

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An opinion piece, borne of personal experience and a decade of mental health reporting, arguing in favor of many proposed changes to the DSM-5 that would allow early intervention for common mental disorders.

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Today's Daily Briefing looks at the effects of America's wars here at home, a doctor fired after speaking up, a skeptical look at open access journals and data on U.S. health care costs that you can play with.

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Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a one-third of its population on Medi-Cal — California's version of Medicaid. This is more than any other county in the state, yet the resources to care for the Medi-Cal population are few.

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This story is Part 11 of a 15-part series that examines health care needs in Gary, Ind.

Nearly 33 years after the federal government designated Gary a health professional shortage area and 17 years after federal health authorities qualified it as a medically underserved area, Gary continues to suffer from physician shortages.

Those shortages are partially to blame for the poor health status of many Gary citizens, according to local doctors and hospital officials.

Gary is home to disproportionately high numbers of severely ill patients suffering from multiple potentially life threatening conditions, including heart disease, kidney failure, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and asthma.

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Our final full day in Haiti is today. We went to the mountains with two board members of FHADIMAC, and from a high perch, the city of Port-au-Prince below looked like paradise.  But as we descended the mountain, winding out of our way and close to the edge to avoid debris, reality came back to us.

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