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William Heisel's Antidote: Investigating Untold Health Stories

Slap: Story on mental health challenges goes beyond blame game

Jenna Russell's recent three-part series for The Boston Globe presents a remarkably intimate, revealing portrait of a man and his family as they struggle to cope with his mental illness. Her reporting holds a number of lessons for journalists taking on projects that deal with mental health.

Slap: Last ditch attempt by hospital to stop story feels like intimidation

As The Boston Globe readied a new three-part series for publication, a regional hospital chain tried suing a newspaper and a patient after it was prevented from disclosing a mentally ill patient's records. The suit was part of a series of serious miscalculations on the hospital's part.

Bed Count: Do hospital closures hit poor communities harder?

When a hospital closes in a low-income area, reporters often assume that the care was essential for the poor communities it was serving. But there are several problems with that assumption, including the equation that health equals health care.

Bed Count: Do private companies have to keep hospitals open?

A private company bought the local hospital from a community group in Belhaven, North Carolina, and then announced it was closing the facility. Many in the community were outraged. But what obligations do private companies have to the community in such cases?

Bed Count: Should hospitals be headquarters for health care?

Are reporters placing too much emphasis on hospitals and not enough emphasis on the overall health of the community and the factors that influence it? The forces ultimately shaping our health aren't always the obvious ones.

For the healthiest weight, the past is as important as the present

Is a bit overweight actually the healthiest weight of all? A recent JAMA study suggested as much. But a new analysis of the data reveals a deep flaw in the original study, and provides a lesson in the value of questioning how data are collected and used in any given study.

A Public Death: Altering death records can have serious consequences

Ireland is on the verge of allowing death certificates to omit the cause of death, largely to spare family members of suicide victims from seeing the word "suicide" on the form. But is that reason enough to conceal the facts on such a critical document?

A Public Death: Certificates without causes aren’t worth the paper

Hiding causes of death can become a major hurdle in getting accurate reads on health problems. Calling suicides something else on death certificates or striking the word “suicide” from the public record will have a similar effect.

Herd Immunity: Health care could save big by investing in safety tracking

Spending money to track hospital-acquired infections and complications could save money in the long run.

Herd Immunity: When will the U.S. Senate take patient safety seriously?

When the country's top patient-safety advocates went to address U.S. senators in July, only three out of nearly two dozen committee members bothered to attend. The no-shows missed urgent testimony and tragic stories of deaths that should've been prevented.



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