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Q&A with Father William Cleary: Taking confessions and checking for vaccinations in Nigeria

Father William Cleary helped set up a Catholic parish in Satellite Town, one of the growing suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, in 1987. The 73-year-old served there until July 2008 and saw the country undergo massive societal, cultural and political changes while struggling to overcome stubborn public health threats from poor sanitation, a malarial climate and a reluctance to face head-on the threat of AIDS.

Contraindications: Dr. Khanh Gia Pham

President Barack Obama is searching for a new surgeon general. He might consider screening the resumes of doctors a little lower in the federal ranks.

Homeland Security Money and Swine Flu Preparedness

State, local and national agencies were supposed to be prepared for this swine flu outbreak. After September 11th, money started flowing to law enforcement agencies and public health departments to help them gear up specifically for a chemical or biological threat.

So how was that money spent?

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11, my colleague here at ReportingonHealth.org, Barbara Feder Ostrov, wrote a great piece for the San Jose Mercury News that detailed how money in the San Jose area was being spent.

Swine Flu: Is Your Local School Prepared?

The swine flu scare in the United States may have started with just two Southern California children, but it intensified with the discovery ofmore than two dozeninfected students at a New York City school. St. Francis Preparatory Schoolreported that 100 students had gone on a trip to Mexico recently and that, since the trip, 28 students at the school had come down with symptoms of swine flu.

An "Octomom" On Every Block: Evaluating Your Local Fertility Clinic, Part Two

I wrote a few weeks ago about the coverage of Nadya Suleman, the unemployed woman with six kids who, with the help of a fertility doctor, ended up with eight more.

I talked about how you can use CDC data as a jumping-off point for stories about fertility practices in your area.

Q&A with John Carey: Peeling back the label on cholesterol drugs

John Carey, a 20-year veteran at BusinessWeek, wrote a story that set the pharmaceutical world on its ear in January 2008. Titled "Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?," the article systematically broke down the many myths behind the so-called "miracle cure" for heart disease: statins. Carey's story won an award from the Association of Health Care Journalists at its conference in Seattle.

Contraindications: Dr. Jayam Krishna-Iyer

Those of us lucky enough to attend New York Medicaid Inspector General Jim Sheehan's talk Saturday at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Seattle heard him make reference to Dr. Jayam Krishna-Iyer. I was curious about the back story. Here it is:

Cocaine and roses: DEA records yield combustible stories

A doctor who can't prescribe drugs is like a fish that can't swim. It's usually a sign that something is wrong.

Q&A with Dr. John Abramson: Overdosed America

I wrote a post earlier this week about a Nieman Reports article by Dr. John Abramson, a clinical instructor at Harvard and outspoken critic of the pharmaceutical industry. After serving in the National Health Service Corps, Abramson worked as a family physician for 20 years in Massachusetts.

Contraindications: Dr. Kamal F. Aboulhosn

Doctors see a lot of naked people.

It starts in medical school when they see a lot of dead naked people, and one would think that after cutting into a cadaver and examining body parts in great detail a naked body would lose a little of its allure.

Not so for Dr. Kamal F. Aboulhosn of Yakima, Wash.

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