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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 5:00am
In April, the governor of Oklahoma signed a bill that requires doctors to check a state-run database of patients and prescriptions before writing a new prescription for addictive medications. That makes the state a national leader in efforts to track such prescriptions and curtail abuse.
May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:00am
It's easy for the headlines on health stories to go way beyond what the study itself actually supports. That happened this week in coverage of new research on how physically active preschoolers are. It serves as a good reminder to acknowledge any given study's limitations.
May 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:00am
Rampant consolidation among hospitals and doctors' practices was the theme of our Tuesday webinar with guests Paul B. Ginsburg of USC and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times. Here's a recap of what they had to say on how the trend is shaping U.S. health care, and what might be done in response.
May 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:00am
Get the latest job listings in health journalism and communications, including newspaper beats, web producing and online editing.
May 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 5:00am
With Biomonitoring California, state health and environmental officials have hit an early milestone in their efforts to discover which industrial chemicals are making their way into the bodies of residents. Research has shown that chemical exposure can seriously disrupt cellular function over time.
May 19, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 8:00am
Organ transplants are increasing at a faster rate than the population in the U.S., but not all transplant programs are created equal. Knowing where to find the relevant data can help you dig deeper and explore regional variations in wait times and success rates.
May 18, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 4:00am
Atul Gawande's latest New Yorker piece on unnecessary care has generated much conversation in health care circles. Two leading practitioners of 'Slow Medicine' outline some key takeaways from Gawande's latest must-read take on American medicine.
May 18, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:00am
'Tis the season for thousands of would-be doctors to line up in caps and gowns and receive their degrees before heading off to residency programs. These programs are accredited by ACGME, a group you should know about — lost accreditation can be a big story.
May 15, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 4:00am
The Affordable Care Act has expanded health care access to millions of Americans, but also placed new demands on the health care delivery system. Here are five key trends that are helping bring more effective care to more patients in a post-reform world.
May 14, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 4:00am
SF Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday really didn't want to cover an appearance by the discredited scientist Andrew Wakefield, but her editors sent her anyway. Here she shares how she approached the assignment, dodged the topic's potential pitfalls, and ended up with a well-received A1 story.
May 14, 2015 | 1 comments
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:00am
Check out new job openings at, Modern Healthcare and Everyday Health. Don't forget to visit the World Federation of Science Journalist (WFSJ) mini-website for online webinar courses.
May 14, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 4:00am

As a multimedia journalist, I tell stories using video, photography, radio and writing. For a recent series of data-heavy stories on vaccines, I focusing mainly on writing. But as I came to realize, I should have paid more attention to the images. Here's why.

May 12, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 5:00am
State medical boards should transform themselves from boards composed mainly of doctors to a model where members of the general public occupy most of the board seats, according to consumer advocates. The push for change follows on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
May 11, 2015 | 5 comments
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 3:53am
Direct-to-consumer advertising (DTC) has been accused of "selling" depression and over-treating or medicalizing lifestyle problems that probably don't need drugs. Yet a quick look at old issues Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that the tactics are far from new.
May 11, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 5:00am
A strong relationship with the county coroner or medical examiner and an understanding of autopsies and forensic investigations will serve you well on the health beat. Here's how to make use of these resources, while still remaining empathetic to those grieving their loss.
May 08, 2015 | 0 comments



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