Devaugndre Broussard grew up in three violent neighborhoods: San Francisco's Bayview-Hunter's Point and Western Addition and Richmond's Iron Triangle. His mother went to prison for drug sales when he was only 10 months old. She went back to prison several times while he grew up, sending him to a series of foster homes. A girlfriend who attended some of Broussard's early court appearances told the Chauncey Bailey Project this might've set the tone for his life. He's one of many people she knows who lived in foster homes where "parents" were more interested in the monthly county check than in their foster kids.
Public health officials are increasingly concerned about the rising numbers of women entering pregnancy overweight or obese. Get context and ideas for covering this story in your community.
This week at Career GPS, newspaper reporter Anne Polta explains why she blogs about health. Scott Hensley, the host, editor and writer of NPR's Shots blog, explains why he only blogs and what questions journalists should ask themselves before they take the blogging leap.
Some folks won't need a flu shot this year, allergies on the rise, and prospects for Medicaid cost-cutting, plus more from our Daily Briefing.
One of the biggest oversights a health writer can make is to cover a scientific study and not talk about its funders. William Heisel examines what can happen when a study's funding is overlooked.
This week in Career GPS' weekly job lisings, we highlight two East Coast jobs in health communications and an opportunity at a West Coast online health startup. In addition, find the most updated information on upcoming grants, fellowships and educational opportunities.
After three days of listening to expert neurologists, demographers, caregivers, and policy people on Alzheimer's disease, journalist Laura Newman raises tough questions for journalists to consider to avoid oversimplifying this complicated topic.
A jaw-dropping paycheck for a California health insurance CEO, niacin plus statins isn't an improvement, Vermont's new single payer bill, plus more from our Daily Briefing.
As patient satisfaction surveys become more important to how doctors get paid, Doc Gurley finds them to be easily gamed and lacking in statistical validity — creating problems for both doctors and their patients.
Veteran health journalist Trudy Lieberman shares tips for localizing the highly politicized debate over Medicare.
This winter, I collaborated on a reporting project exploring youth homelessness and education with Marcus Vega, a formerly homeless youth and reporter for The kNOw Youth Media. The series of stories, which were supported by a New America Media fellowship, are currently running on NAM’s website.
A California HMO dramatically improves blood pressure control, Americans oppose Medicaid overhaul, and an update on kids' access to dental care, plus more from our Daily Briefing.
Bioethicist and writer Carl Elliott used many documents to piece together the story of how a research team desperate for patients helped create a pipeline for clinical trial participants by setting up a psychiatric ward. Here's how he did it.
States cut back on HIV/AIDS drugs for the poor, Nevada's smoking ban lowers heart attacks and stroke, and a Medicaid success story, plus more in our Daily Briefing.