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Why a hospital is taking farm workers out of the field and training them as medical interpreters

When you don't speak English, going to the hospital in the US, can be a frightening experience. This was the case for many Mexican farm workers living and working in the Salinas Valley who neither spoke English nor Spanish. Natividad Hospital in Salinas found that four of the most popular languages spoken in the hospital were Native Mexican languages. So, the hospital piloted a program to train indigenous language speakers to become medical interpreters.

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My love/hate relationship with Barack Obama

I campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. I will never forget the tears that streamed down my face when, after a long day of "Get Out The Vote" door-knocking in Chicagoland’s American Muslim neighborhoods, I watched him walk out on stage in Grant Park on the television screen in my family’s living room. A person with a name like mine was elected President of the United States.

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Is marijuana really an effective drug? Surprisingly, scientists have no solid answer

The movement to legalize marijuana for medical use continues to gain momentum in the US. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have approved marijuana for medical use and a handful of states allow recreational use of the drug. As the debate continues, one surprising fact emerges: There is no strong scientific evidence to support the arguments of either side.

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Who is the doctor who paved the way to prison for Purvi Patel?

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The doctor who initially called police to report his child abuse suspicions of Purvi Patel is listed as a member of a pro-life medical association. Patel was charged with child neglect and later with killing her fetus, and she was sentenced to 20 consecutive years in prison. This makes her the first woman in the US to be convicted and sentenced fon "feticide" charges for ending her own pregnancy.