Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 10:30am
This was a story that began a year and a half before I ever wrote the first word. It was first brought to my attention in July 2011 that Michigan had a toxic history. Nearly 40 years ago, due to human error, cattle feed had been mixed with a flame retardant chemical called PBB.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:00am
Reporters Ruxandra Guidi and Erica Peterson live about 2,000 miles apart. But when they embarked on in-depth stories on environmental justices issues in their communities, they faced very similar challenges.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:06pm
I've been selected to participate in the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship sessions in Los Angeles. Here's my game plan.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 5:00am
A study last week by researchers at UCLA published in the journal Academic Pediatrics garnered surprisingly few headlines. What makes this study unique is that it is the first to examine and discover that obesity parallels a long list of other health conditions in children.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 5:00am
Veteran environmental reporter recommends starting by reporting the basic story first - focusing on what the problem appears to be, and how authorities and businesses are responding.
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:22pm
While the news about her return to work was celebratory for all, Robin Roberts talked about some of the expected and probably didn't realize she also disclosed unexpected information.
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:00am
In health care, sometimes less is more. Stories that don't explore this option can contribute to higher health care costs and unintended consequences like surgical injuries, pain pill addictions and health care-associated infections.
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 2:15pm
When it comes to health issues, the southeastern corner of Virginia usually is pretty average. That’s why I was surprised to discover a report that showed a city in my readership area has the highest cancer mortality rate in the state.
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 5:00am
Always keep this in mind: Pills, devices and surgeries are often not the best option for most people.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:00am
Make sure to check out the Dart Awards and Health Care Print Journalism Awards for your hard work of 2012 to be recognized.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 3:06pm
How much did the tobacco industry give to state candidates, committees, and ballot measures during the 2012 election cycle?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:43pm
The tobacco industry has never been shy about flexing its financial muscle to influence policy. A report released this week looks at the tobacco lobby’s efforts to derail increased cigarette taxes and another sheds some not so flattering light on state and federal efforts to control tobacco use.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:00am
So far, Mary Isham has met 50% of her $60,000 goal to pay for a cancer treatment she could only find in Europe, thanks to a website that helps people raise money for medical expenses.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:41am
Some problems can arise when journalists report on their own health care. But first-person health care stories, when done right, can deliver a valuable public service.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 9:50am
Every holiday season, glossy brochures from Heifer International arrive in US mailboxes tempting people to send the gift of live animals to people in poor countries. Photos show happy kids hugging happy animals and assure givers the animals will provide meat, milk, eggs and wool in perpetuity. Wrong