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Reporting on Raw Milk: Not For The Faint Of Heart (or Stomach)

Reporting on raw milk and food safety can be a minefield. Get reporting tips and resources on how to cover this controversial issue.

Raspberry Ketones: Using Online Trending Topics in Your Health Reporting

From raspberry ketones to face transplants, online trending topics can be a valuable tool for your health reporting. Here's how to use them wisely.

Whitney Houston's Death and Prescription Drug Abuse: Resources for Your Reporting

Here we go again: investigators are looking into the role that Whitney Houston's doctors may have played in her death. Get resources for reporting on prescription drug abuse in your community.

Can Communities Make Restaurants Healthier? Ideas for Your Reporting

Should communities push local restaurants toward offering healthier foods? A new report offers some resources and ideas for your reporting.

Go Red For Women: Heart Disease Stories that Go Beyond the Red Dress

Go beyond event listings and corporate tie-ins to do substantial reporting on women's heart health this month. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Breast Cancer Backstory: Komen's Decison to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Why did the nation's leading breast cancer charity cut off funding to Planned Parenthood? We examine the backstory.

Health Reform Poll: About That Individual Mandate

Predicting the individual mandate's fate, a boost for global health, and school lunch surprises, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

As Gabrielle Giffords Resigns, Little Mention of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients' Long Journeys

Gabrielle Giffords’ resignation from Congress is a poignant reminder that for traumatic brain injury patients, the medical story doesn’t end when the media glare fades.

Q&A with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin: The Billion Dollar Back Pain Industry

An investigative journalist blows the back pain industry wide open in her forthcoming book — and offers advice for your own reporting.

Changing the Definition of Autism: A National Debate Heats Up

A bombshell story on autism diagnoses is generating anxiety and outrage among parents concerned their kids will lose services. Get the backstory and resources to jump-start your reporting. 

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