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Challenges abound in reporting on ACA rollout in Indian country

When reporter S.E. Ruckman set out to tell the story of how the ACA rollout was faring among Native American communities, she found little help and few resources. But she pushed forward, and found value in persistence and serendipitous connections.

It takes a community — Reflections on what makes Reporting on Health unique

Tomorrow evening, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will be celebrating its distinguished journalists of the year, and we're honored to be receiving a nod from SPJ for Reporting on Health.

Shaken baby theory: The word is out

After 30 years of occasional, isolated coverage, both the national and the local media are starting to take a serious look at the debate about shaken baby theory—even as the accusations and convictions continue....

California Open Health Data effort opens doors for journalists and the public

The “free the data” movement has been rippling through local, state and federal agencies in recent years. California has published 55 datasets since its soft launch last August, but continues with its health data rollout.

How the internet of things is transforming health care

As the world heads into the age of the Internet of Things, every day devices are reporting data about virtually everything people do. This data helps companies market to consumers better. It helps manufacturers improve on their products. It helps homeowners to direct energy usage in their homes with

Prolia: Another wonder drug that wasn't

There is another, more insidious creep seen with drugs than indication creep- "warning creep": acknowledging new and alarming warnings after a drug is approved and in wide use.

In reporting on homeless, up-close approach reveals subjects’ humanity

Homelessness has long been a serious problem in Anchorage, Alaska. The challenge for two reporters at Alaska Dispatch News was to find new ways to cut through old perceptions and debates to tell stories that showed their subjects’ enduring humanity. Here's how they did it.

Why journalists covering vaccinations should drop the politics

New research finds that coverage of political conflict over the measles vaccine is unlikely to change the minds of the anti-vaccination camp, but could have negative effects on public attitudes and beliefs. Is the media's coverage accentuating a false controversy?

Do you have low T? GERD? Turn off your TV

In the last five years, men have been told they also need hormone replacement therapy for their “Low T” and to retain their sexiness and youth. But male HRT looks no safer than women’s and may similarly activate pre-existing cancers. Clearly people do not get old because they lose their hormones.

$25 to see the doctor at a storefront clinic

Known as bodega clinics or storefront clinics — these doctors' offices are incredibly popular in Orange County's Latino neighborhoods. But public health officials harbor a number of concerns about such "bodega" clinics.



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