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Friday, July 3, 2015 - 4:00am
A cluster of serious birth defects in central Washington state has led health officials on a search for the cause. Experts believe a lack of folic acid may be partly to blame, but efforts to fortify common Hispanic foods such as corn masa have languished. Fellow JoNel Aleccia investigates.
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July 03, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 12:00am
Entries to win a NICHM Foundation journalism grant are now being accepted, plus make sure to check out the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.
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July 03, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 4:00am
Three-and-a-half-year-old Dylan was tiny, feisty and freckled with tousled blond hair. His mom brought him to the pediatric clinic because he had tried to smother his 2-week-old sister. She didn’t know what to do with him, and frankly neither did we. It was 5 p.m. and the clinic was closing.
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July 02, 2015 | 1 comments
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 4:00am
Tradeoffs are a recurring theme when it comes to Obamacare plans — lower premiums often come with a smaller range of doctors to choose from, as a new database bears out. But as earlier research has shown, the relation between the size of physician networks and quality of care is, well, complicated.
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July 02, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 4:00am
In Maine, one in three children are overweight, and about half of poor children ages 10 to 17 are obese. Programs such as "Let's Go!" have tried to combat the trends by spreading messages of healthy eating and exercise, but widespread problems persist. Why the impasse?
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July 01, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 4:00am
Air pollution from industrial sources in Michigan’s Wayne County is linked to deaths and life-threatening respiratory diseases, reports Michigan journalist Natasha Dado. She argues there's an urgent need for more watchdog reporting to give voice to pollution's often-overlooked victims.
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July 01, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:01am
Milk is rarely seen as a health food. Why is it marketed to children when other sources of calcium exist?
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July 01, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 5:00am
Last year, California embarked on a bold new experiment to improve how care is coordinated among patients enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare. But the progress has been anything but smooth for a host of reasons, as UCLA health researcher Kathryn Kietzman explains in this overview.
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June 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 4:00am
At first, Virginia's announcement that it was digitizing millions of vital records seemed like a win. But a closer look reveals that the effort has placed the records behind a paywall that effectively hinders access. That's a shame, given the public health benefits that come with freer access.
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June 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am
As a new series in Consumer Reports makes clear, antibiotic-resistant infections are becoming more prevalent. The report should be a wake-up call for prescribers and patients to be more thoughtful about how they use antibiotics.
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June 29, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:00am
Bloomberg BNA needs a deputy news director and Thrillist Media Group is looking for a new health editor. Check out these and other great health editor and journalist jobs available this week.
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June 26, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:40pm
The U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies in a 6-3 ruling that prompted President Barack Obama to say the health law “is here to stay.” Here's what some leading experts and voices in the media had to say about the critical decision.
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June 25, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:30pm
Health care's "super-utilizers" are very much in the news these days, as policymakers seek ways to curb spending. But programs that deliver durable results that save money are scarce, in part because many 'frequent fliers' suffer from an incredibly complex web of issues, often tied to early trauma.
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June 25, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 4:00am
Speaking to child welfare experts around the country in the course of reporting, I’ve become convinced that people on both sides — the families in the system, and those charged with carrying out its rules — believe improvements to this country’s approach to child welfare are urgently needed.
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June 25, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 4:00am
In southern Nevada, waiting lists to see a psychologist stretch into the months, and residential treatment centers fill up fast. Jackie Valley of the Las Vegas Sun is embarking on a reporting project looking at the plight of children with mental illness, and what more might be done.
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June 24, 2015 | 0 comments

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