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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 5:00am
I can put up with all the inconveniences and expenses of cancer treatment. What got me was having to tell my children — Alex, who’s 14, and Stella, just 11 — that I have a particularly dangerous form of cancer. It was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
August 13, 2013 | 0 comments
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 5:00am
It’s easy to fall into clichés and misinformation when writing about the end of life. Here are my five favorite ideas from last week's Association of Health Care Journalists webinar on the subject.
August 12, 2013 | 1 comments
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 2:24am
In Uganda health facilities are facing an ongoing crisis with a shortage of supplies which are putting unborn babies at risk of HIV and other infections.
August 12, 2013 | 0 comments
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 5:00am
Certainty is often unattainable in medical care. It’s something my friends who are physicians and scientists live and breathe every day, but patients expect certainty from science.
August 09, 2013 | 2 comments
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 5:00am
Health reporters aren’t accustomed to having positive news to report on the childhood obesity front, but the recent CDC report has both good and bad news.
August 08, 2013 | 0 comments
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 3:38am
Reporters interested in exploring topics in health care and criminal justice should apply to The John Jay/Langeloth Reporting Fellowship. Also opportunities at Modern Healthcare and The Atlantic Media listed.
August 08, 2013 | 0 comments
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 5:00am
People who live in the country's industrial zones and experience its pollution already feel the effects of what a hotter planet will bring as carbon levels climb and air quality steadily worsens, resulting in higher rates of asthma, allergies, respiratory ills and even heart disease.
August 07, 2013 | 0 comments
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 6:00am
In writing on early-childhood issues for this blog, I’ve touched upon a recurring theme that disparities – health, academic, or economic – often have roots early in a child’s life. So a recent study claiming that an eight-week “intervention” lowers the academic achievement gap, piqued my curiosity.
August 06, 2013 | 0 comments
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 5:00am
I adore a good love story, so it's no surprise I enjoyed listening to Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez talk about the genesis of his friendship with a homeless musician. The biggest thing I learned, though, is how fragile we all are as humans.
August 06, 2013 | 0 comments
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 5:00am
Within the first few minutes after my diagnosis as a diabetic, the one thing that became blazingly clear to me was that I had to change my diet. Easily said, not always so easily done.
August 06, 2013 | 0 comments
Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:00am
If the doctor wasn't careful, she explained, she could tear up the inside of my nose with the swab designed used to test for one of the diseases that might be causing my violent coughs. Almost a month later, I still don't know the source of the cough.
August 05, 2013 | 0 comments
Friday, August 2, 2013 - 5:00am
While away on a business trip, I woke up at least every 15 minutes in the hotel room coughing so forcefully that I was having convulsions. My body was drenched in sweat, and my mind started racing toward all the possibilities. Tuberculosis? Hantavirus? Valley fever?
August 02, 2013 | 0 comments



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