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Let's talk: a closer look at social anxiety disorder.

Earlier this year, I shut down at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Denver. What makes me crumble like this? I don’t know, but I have a hunch: I’m pretty sure I have a social phobia.

Court records fill in gaps when dentist's patients keep mum

The allegations of dental negligence against Dr. Robert Tupac described a host of problems — painful eight-hour dental surgery performed without anesthesia, crumbling dental work, drooling and bone loss. But with patients not eager to talk to a reporter, court records proved key to the story.

Women in high-risk lifestyles need protection

In October, seven women's bodies were found in Indiana in what appear to be serial, sex-related murders of women in high-risk lifestyles. Hammond police are holding Darren Vann, a convicted sex offender, in connection with the murders. He has been charged with two of the murders and charges are poss

Accused of abuse: Finding a voice, and a community

The premiere showing of "The Syndrome," a documentary that asks the hard questions about shaken baby syndrome theory, brought together a group of people in desperate need of community.

Opioid addiction crisis fuels another: Hepatitis C

Addiction usually leaves a wake of chaos, and all kinds of casualties - marriages, jobs, health. Today's opioid addiction crisis is not only claiming lives, but sparking a new epidemic of hepatitis C among new injection drug users.

Will new tax rules stop health company inversions?

Just a few months ago, many US health corporations were eyeing tax inversions —reincorporating overseas, often merging with a European entity—to evade US taxes. Now, thanks to tax changes, the enthusiasm is drying up.

New study: stigma not major barrier to treatment for people with mental illness

Another major study debunks idea that stigma is a major barrier to care for people with mental illness.

Pharma funding advocacy groups

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) received $23 million in just two years from pharmaceutical companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. In the 1990's, Eli Lilly was NAMI's biggest donor, reported Mother Jones.

How son’s behavior hurts mother’s stressed heart and sparks a news feature

Wendy Wolfson had planned an essay for NPR's health desk about her experiences getting her son help for disruptive behavior. Instead, she found herself sitting in a hospital bed with a rare heart condition associated with extreme stress. Her story quickly changed directions.

Many dual eligibles see care interrupted in cost savings experiment

One of the most overlooked stories in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is an experiment to rein in Medicare and Medicaid costs by pushing millions of poor and disabled beneficiaries into coordinated plans.



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