Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:00am
The New York Times' science and health editor Barbara Strauch died this week. Columnist William Heisel looks back at her exemplary career and shares a handful of lessons drawn from Strauch's editorial intelligence and warm, engaging presence. She will be missed.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:00am
A recent report found big differences in how counties are handling California’s estimated 3 million uninsured. Some county safety net programs are serving very few residents, raising questions of whether such counties are adequately adapting to meet the needs of the remaining uninsured.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00am
This week check out the senior digital editor position at Eating Well, or apply to freelance at Healthline. And remember applications for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism are due before the end of the week.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 3:00pm
On Tuesday night, news reports focused on the Senate’s expected passing of a bill that changes how Medicare pays doctors. But for children's advocates, the big news was the two-year extension of the Children's Health Insurance program. Here's why it matters.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:33pm
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is responsible for U.S. mental health policy. The General Accounting Office found it does a poor job and now a new report shows SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde lost the confidence of the agency employees.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 5:00am
A reporting project got its start when a probation official made an off-hand comment about juvenile hall having turned into a “commitment facility” for mentally ill children. So began one reporter's deep dive into Sacramento's juvenile justice system.
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 4:00am
How does someone argue against the seemingly seemingly rational argument that people should go on drinking as much soda as they want as long as they get exercise, too? With facts.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 5:00am
A documentary premiering on PBS on Monday tracks the lives of Chicago teens struggling to regain their footing and stay in school after their home lives have fallen apart. The film's three heart-wrenching human stories give deeper meaning to the abstractions of statistics.
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 5:00am
The sweetened-beverage industry frequently pushes the idea that you should be free to consume whatever you want as long as you exercise afterward. Maybe beverage warning labels should point out how long you'd need to exercise to burn off the calories.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 11:31am
Last week, BuzzFeed, Mic, and a few other news outlets reported on a new genetics study involving Facebook: Genes for Good. That’s the name of the study, which is being conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, and the name of a Facebook app that they are using to recruit tens of thousa
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 5:00am
New federal immigration rules could potentially reduce California's pool of remaining uninsured by up to half a million people. But even if the new rules survive a current court challenge, the barriers to coverage are still high.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:00am
Among this week's roundup: Men's Health is looking for a research chief. Apply to be a part of the team that won the 2015 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Also, the deadline to apply to the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism is April 17.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:00am
The Bay Area News Group published an op-ed on beverage warning labels in March, but the outlet failed to point out the author's ties to the beverage industry. It's part of larger pattern of industry allies pushing back in the press.
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 9:15am
A fish in city waters swims in the residues of urban waste. Eat a fish and you may get a dose of heavy metals, industrial chemicals and old pollutants like PCBs, which were banned decades ago but linger in the environment.
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 4:00am
After an onslaught of media reports suggesting that depression was the cause of the Germanwings tragedy, people are too readily blaming mental illness as the enemy of public safety. That can make it harder for others to overcome the stigma associated with mental illness.