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Health Care

Kids And Pot: How One Emergency Room Is Responding

February 21, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Pediatric marijuana cases can be hard to diagnose in the emergency room, but physicians say they're seeing more of them.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

State Government

Bill Would Boost Privacy For California Marijuana Customers

February 19, 2018 | Chris Nichols

The bill has no ability to prevent federal authorities from seizing customer information, but could slow the flow of unwanted junk mail.

Health Care

Study Finds U.S. Rural Areas Have Higher Infant Mortality Rates Than Urban Areas

February 19, 2018 | Rich Ibarra

A new study by the National Center for Health Statistics finds babies born to mothers in rural areas are at greater risk of infant mortality than those in urban settings in the U.S.

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Health Care

California’s Mental Health Physician Shortage Is Bad, And Getting Worse, Study Finds

February 16, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

A new study from UC San Francisco shows that, if current trends continue, there will be 41 percent fewer psychiatrists than needed in California by 2028.

Chitose Suzuki / AP Photo

Environment

Paint Companies' Ballot Initiative Would Hand Lead Paint Removal Costs To The State

February 16, 2018 | Sally Schilling

The courts have ordered three paint companies to pay $600 million to help remove lead paint from homes in 10 California cities and counties, but the case isn’t exactly closed.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Health Care

Most Sex Trafficking Victims See A Doctor At Some Point. Experts Say Clinics, Hospitals Can Help End The Abuse.

February 13, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

Trafficking has historically been seen as a law enforcement issue, but clinics and hospitals are starting to play a role in identifying and helping victims.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

Health Workers Step Up To Help Victims Of Human Trafficking

February 13, 2018 | Cody Drabble

Doctors and nurses are playing a larger role in identifying and intervening with victims of human trafficking. Health reporter Sammy Caiola looked into how health professionals are helping to provide information and resources to trafficking victims.

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Health Care

California Nurse Puts Face On Billboards to Push Back Against ‘Abortion Reversal’ Science

February 8, 2018 | Sammy Caiola

A largely unstudied procedure intended to reverse pill-induced abortions is again causing an uproar between pro-choice and pro-life health care providers.