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FollowTheMoney.org: Using Campaign Finance Data to Look at Pharma, Vaccine Industry Influence

Tips for following the money trail of vaccine exemption legislation in your state.

Complete Health Reporting: Don't Skip Harms When Covering Medical "Miracles"

Reporters sometimes treat medicine as if newer is always better. It's not. Here's how to accurately report on the potential harms of a new treatment.

A growing problem

West Virginia is among the top five states on just about every national chronic disease list. Journalist Kate Long investigates what's behind the state's poor showing.

Sacramento Bee: California Nursing Homes Falsified Records

Falsified nursing home records, the links between animal and human health, and a faltering whooping cough vaccine, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

California School Kids Without Whooping Cough Booster Shots Sent Home By Thousands

No whooping cough booster shot, no school, Medicaid woes and more from our Daily Briefing.

Chicken Pox Vaccine Nearly Eliminates Childhood Deaths from the Disease

A vaccine success story, making money of Medicare patients, cholera on the rise in Haiti and more from our Daily Briefing.

Whooping Cough: A Bad Year Gets Worse

In July, I wrote about a “jaw-dropping” press release about California’s astonishing rise in whooping cough cases.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Epidemic in California: Tips for Covering the Story

The email press release I just received on an new epidemic of whooping cough in California is a jaw-dropper:

The state is on pace to suffer the most illnesses and deaths due to pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in 50 years.

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 3)

We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

Deep Impact, Part 2: More Ideas for Covering California's Budget Mess

Here's more coverage of the California budget cuts and their impact on health care, along with some new ideas for stories.

The general media consensus is that the state's Republicans won big in forcing major cuts in health and welfare programs, while Democrats are spinning their victory in saving the CalWORKS welfare program and the popular Healthy Families children's health insurance program from being
eliminated outright.

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