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News, That Is High

That Is High

A veteran who said she had Gulf War Syndrome sat next to a woman who complained of damaged disks in her back; an HIV-positive man talked to a woman with a seizure disorder. Potent smoke swirled around them and drifted…
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News, Matt Smith

Gutted

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, life at Alta Vista Healthcare, a nursing home in Riverside, started with a break from the usual monotony. That morning, a twentysomething woman in a pantsuit and a young man in shirt sleeves arrived, saying they…
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Music, Pop Philosophy Candy Says

Candy Says

Maybe hedonism does keep you fit Before this summer, Candida Martinez led a very healthy life. The 24-year-old assistant booker and manager for the Justice League abstained from drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol, practiced vegetarianism, and ran seven miles a day.…
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News, Matt Smith Q: What's the  Opposite of a Miracle?

Q: What's the Opposite of a Miracle?

There will come a time when Friday, March 10, 2001 -- the day California transportation officials unleashed their vacuum trucks on a hallowed ditch near Terra Linda in Marin County -- shall be remembered as a fateful moment of history.…
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News, Bay View Worst of  the Lot

Worst of the Lot

It is often said there was never a better time to be young and smart, rich and good-looking in the San Francisco Bay Area. This truth has a corollary seldom mentioned: There was never a worse time to be old,…
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News, Feature

Inside the Big Floop

The press release was ominous, but not surprising. Last week, Stanford University President Gerhard Casper and University of California President Richard Atkinson announced that they were asking their respective staffs to "reassess the structure" of the controversial, 2-year-old deal that…
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News, Feature

Diagnosis: Eviction

One was a Jewish immigrant who survived the Holocaust. At least three fought as U.S. soldiers. Others were European immigrants and Americans who came of age during World War II, watching from vantage points on both sides of the Atlantic.…
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News, Feature

Nickel-and-Diming Problem Kids

He was, his mother says, an angry child. At 4, Lawrence climbed trees and threw himself out of them. Six times at the age of 6 years, he was hospitalized for being a danger to himself and others. Then he…
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News, Feature

Trickledown Health Care

Her name is "Patient A," at least that's how she's memorialized in a Hillhaven Skilled Nursing Facility citation file at the California Department of Health Services. She was 80 years old, and had landed in Hillhaven following a heart attack.…
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News,

Give Me Your Healthy

Packed in a pink, paint-chipped cabinet beneath the Galindos' bathroom sink are baggies of penicillin and tetracycline capsules. The antibiotics were brought up from Mexico where pharmaceutical medicines are available without a prescription. Maria Galindo shakes a handful of the…
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News, Letters

Letters

By Any Means Necessary I don't like thinking about abortion and the struggle for reproductive freedom as a "war," although that is essentially what it has become ("The War Womb," June 21). We struggle to pass laws protecting clinics, only…
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Why Medi-Cal Makes Doctors Sick

Rosa, 18 years old and 13 weeks pregnant, applied for Medi-Cal but wasn't accepted into the program until 21 weeks later, precariously close to her due date. Not only did Medi-Cal's cumbersome paperwork present a challenge, but Rosa (not her…
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