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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.

Health 2.0 Code-A-Thon: Some Amazing, Fresh Approaches to Health Problems

Can you change healthcare in just 28 hours? Can a team of programmers save lives and change the world? Check out their worthy attempts from the Health 2.0 Code-a-thon.

Sell Your Work: Tips from a webinar for freelancers

While some of the advice in this week's Reynolds Center for Business Journalism webinar series might have been old hat to many freelancers, much of the instruction and discussion was illuminating. Here are some tips for health journalists.

 

What medical devices should the FDA approve?

Health apps, birth control, hunger stikes and mental health in today's Daily Briefing.

A sigh of relief

Between March and May, I had several moments of panic about whether I was going to be able to complete the last two of the three stories I promised for the fellowship.There's a sense of relief when the editing is done and the designers are putting it on the page and I go home to try and take my mind off the story. That usually doesn't work and I ended up laying in bed worrying about typos, whether names are spelled correctly or huge inaccuracies because I've completely misunderstood the story (that has never happened, but I still worry nonetheless) and that I'm a fraud of a journalist. The real sigh of relief comes the next day when I'm thinking about the next story.

Health Journalism Tools for Your iPhone

If you have a smartphone, chances are you know what an invaluable tool it is for a journalist. This week, we're highlighting iPhone applications that are useful for health journalists.

Your Health on Your Phone?

When Dr. R. Jan Gurley (a.k.a. Doc Gurley) went to Haiti to provide emergency medical care earlier this year, it blew her mind that she could carry her entire medical library with her on her iPhone. "My entire medical library, including little videos of how to do really invasive procedures, is on my iPhone. I should be able to text, upload photos and even little bits of video with my iPhone," she told ReportingonHealth.

Doc Gurley's Ground Rules for Haiti

Dr. R. Jan Gurley, better known as Doc Gurley, wears many hats. She is a physician at the San Francisco Department of Public Health homeless clinic, but also a blogger and columnist.

From the Health 2.0 Conference: Some story ideas

Here's a (belated) wrap-up of the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco earlier this month, and some fodder for future stories.

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Reporting on Health invites fellows and friends who are attending the AHCJ conference  to join us for drinks and appetizers from 6:30-8 p.m. April 24 at Pedro's Restaurant  & Cantina, 3935 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara.  We'll buy a drink for the first 30 folks who arrive and provide appetizers for all. RSVP here.

Since the passage of the ACA, hospital consolidation has dramatically increased. Our webinar will give an overview of this trend, clarify what’s at stake for consumers, and give journalists fresh ideas for reporting in new, incisive ways. Our panel will include experts Martin Gaynor and Paul Ginsburg, as well as NYT’s Margot Sanger-Katz. More info here.

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