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It's easy for the headlines on health stories to go way beyond what the study itself actually supports. That happened this week in coverage of new research on how physically active preschoolers are.... more »
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The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report suggesting that the rate of severe mental illness among children and adolescents has dropped substantially in the past generation — not... more »
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In April, the governor of Oklahoma signed a bill that requires doctors to check a state-run database of patients and prescriptions before writing a new prescription for addictive medications. That... more »
May 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Rampant consolidation among hospitals and doctors' practices was the theme of our Tuesday webinar with guests Paul B. Ginsburg of USC and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times. Here's a recap of... more »
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Get the latest job listings in health journalism and communications, including newspaper beats, web producing and online editing.
May 19, 2015 | 0 comments
With Biomonitoring California, state health and environmental officials have hit an early milestone in their efforts to discover which industrial chemicals are making their way into the bodies of... more »
May 18, 2015 | 0 comments
Organ transplants are increasing at a faster rate than the population in the U.S., but not all transplant programs are created equal. Knowing where to find the relevant data can help you dig deeper... more »
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Atul Gawande's latest New Yorker piece on unnecessary care has generated much conversation in health care circles. Two leading practitioners of 'Slow Medicine' outline some key takeaways from Gawande... more »
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'Tis the season for thousands of would-be doctors to line up in caps and gowns and receive their degrees before heading off to residency programs. These programs are accredited by ACGME, a group you... more »
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The Affordable Care Act has expanded health care access to millions of Americans, but also placed new demands on the health care delivery system. Here are five key trends that are helping bring more... more »
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SF Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday really didn't want to cover an appearance by the discredited scientist Andrew Wakefield, but her editors sent her anyway. Here she shares how she approached... more »
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Check out new job openings at, Modern Healthcare and Everyday Health. Don't forget to visit the World Federation of Science Journalist (WFSJ) mini-website for online webinar courses.
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As a multimedia journalist, I tell stories using video, photography, radio and writing. For a recent series of data-heavy stories on vaccines, I focusing mainly on writing. But as I came to... more »

May 11, 2015 | 5 comments
State medical boards should transform themselves from boards composed mainly of doctors to a model where members of the general public occupy most of the board seats, according to consumer advocates... more »
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Direct-to-consumer advertising (DTC) has been accused of "selling" depression and over-treating or medicalizing lifestyle problems that probably don't need drugs. Yet a quick look at old issues... more »



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