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Friday, October 2, 2015 - 4:00am
Vox is searching for a health and science editor, while Reporting on Health is looking for a new community editor. These jobs and more in this week's roundup. And California journalists, don't forget to check out our California Health Data Journalism Fellowship — the deadline to apply is Oct. 16.
October 02, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 4:00am
When it comes to getting kids into health coverage, the numbers have never been better. By the first quarter of 2015, the percentage of kids without insurance was less than 5 percent. But despite the gains made in improving children’s coverage, big challenges remain on the horizon.
October 02, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 4:00am
Out-of-network "surprise bills" are a growing problem. Patients think they're staying in their coverage network only to receive a bill for thousands of dollars after a procedure from, say, an anesthesiologist who wasn't included in their plan. So far, proposed solutions have proven controversial.
October 01, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 4:00am
This year alone, I have learned of three doctors, two of whom I personally know and one who I went to medical school with, being disciplined by the Medical Board of California. They're all men. Likewise, a recent study found male doctors were more likely to be disciplined. What's going on here?
September 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 4:00am
By now you’ve heard about the launch of the new California Healthcare Compare website, which allows users to compare cost and quality on common procedures throughout the state. Less noted, however, are some of the site’s serious limitations. Bill Heisel breaks them down for us.
September 29, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:00am
US pork producers have debuted a label that assures consumers their meat was not made by giving animals ractopamine, an asthma drug-like beta agonist that increases protein synthesis
September 29, 2015 | 1 comments
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 4:00am
There is a growing understanding that improving student health isn't just about serving healthier foods – it’s also about promoting healthier lifestyles. Reducing junk food marketing to children is a key part of that task, and San Francisco Unified has been at the leading edge of such efforts.
September 28, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:00am
New Report by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey and Mental Illness Policy Org., identifies $4-$8 billion waste and excess profits in mental health system. It could fund services for most homeless and incarcerated mentally ill people.
September 28, 2015 | 0 comments
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 12:00am
Check out this week's roundup of publications and health organizations recruiting journalism and writing professionals to join their teams.
September 26, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:51am
Drug company links to Duke University researcher Robert Califf, nominated by the Obama administration to be FDA commissioner, are not hard to find. Califf has "served as a director, officer, partner, employee, advisor, consultant or trustee for Genentech” and reports 23 links to drug companies.
September 24, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00am
Kids in poorer families eat more fast food more than their peers, right? Not necessarily, as new data from the CDC show. The idea that poverty status isn't directly correlated with fast food intake may be heartening, but it doesn't mean low-income kids are consuming equally nutritious food.
September 24, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 4:00am
During my fellowship project, I chose to focus on the impact of historical trauma and unresolved grief on the lives of Native peoples and ways that they are healing from the trauma and building resiliency. Here's what I learned along the way.
September 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:00am
How do you find out how skilled a surgeon is? Asking a surgeon's peers for their opinion is one obvious route, since surgeons are adept at spotting colleagues' skill levels. But getting hold of such peer reviews isn't easy for patients. Can a new surgery market change that?
September 22, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:21pm
With several GOP presidential candidates supporting parental choice for childhood vaccines, CNN would have done better by asking the candidates how they propose balancing individual choice with public health, rather than allowing Donald Trump to spread more misinformation about autism and vaccines.
September 21, 2015 | 1 comments
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 4:00am
What does "Talk to you doctor” mean? It’s a legal and ethical security blanket. But it's also a solid piece of advice at a time when people increasingly find health info online. It also keeps doctors on their toes, as they encounter a steady barrage of new treatments and questions.
September 18, 2015 | 0 comments



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