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As California's stroke death rate climbs, here's how to spot the signs

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| The rate started rising from 2013 through 2015 after more than a decade of decline. The CDC says most strokes are preventable, so it's critical to spot the signs.

For poor drug users, Medi-Cal offers a fresh start

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Before this year, Medi-Cal covered only limited and episodic care. Now, it also pays for medications, inpatient beds, individual therapy and case managers.

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Could CA be the first state to legalize drug injection sites?

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The California legislature is closer than ever to approving a measure that would allow local governments to approve supervised drug use sites.

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Should movies with smoking get an 'R' rating?

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Seventeen public health and medical groups say yes. The MPAA declines to comment. The nation's top tobacco company says it's against smoking in youth-oriented films.

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Why do charter schools' vaccination rates lag so far behind?

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Behind the numbers in a KPCC data analysis that found students in public charter schools were less likely to be vaccinated than their peers in district-run schools.

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California public health agency opposes superbug tracking bill

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The Department of Public Health says a bill designed to increase superbug tracking in California would not provide an accurate picture of the scope of infections.

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Some LAUSD water fountains still have lead in them

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The district estimates it will take until the end of next year to repair or remove from service the fountains at about 280 campuses.

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Orange County's wealthiest cities have biggest opioid problem

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In Orange County, the highest rates of opioid-related emergency room visits and deaths are in its wealthiest cities, according to a new report.

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