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Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog

Paula Deen's Diabetes: Should Celebrity Chefs Promote Healthy Eating?

As Southern food "queen" Paula Deen announces she has Type 2 diabetes, we ask: do celebrity chefs have a responsibility to help people eat more healthfully?

CES Digital Health Summit: Are Weight Loss Apps the ThighMasters of the 21st Century?

The Consumer Electronics Show's Digital Health Summit this week focused on new apps and devices for obesity. But are they merely digital ThighMasters, soon to be tossed by unmotivated consumers? 

Blowing Smoke: Slashing Tobacco Prevention Money in Your State

What's happening to tobacco control programs in your state? Nothing good, according to a new report. Get story ideas for reporting on smoking prevention.

Health and Medicine Blog Carnivals Worth Following

Blog carnivals can be a great way to stay informed about topics in health, medicine and journalism. Here are some worth following.

More Favorite Health Journalism of 2011: Autism, Statins and a $25 Billion Pothole

Here's the final batch of my favorite health stories from 2011. Happy New Year!

Favorite Health Journalism of 2011: Big Money, Smog and a Diagnosis Epidemic

As 2012 approaches, here is some of my favorite health journalism of the past year, with hopes that it will inform and inspire.

Fukushima Fallout and Infant Deaths: International Journal of Health Services' Vicente Navarro Responds

A journal editor responds to criticisms about controversial research that linked infant deaths to fallout from Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

Fukushima: Alarmist Claim? Obscure Medical Journal? Proceed With Caution

The press release made a startling claim: researchers had linked radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster to 14,000 deaths in the United States, with infants hardest hit. How can journalists evaluate the credibility of such a claim?

Plan B: Is Emergency Contraception Really Available in Your Community?

As new controversial restrictions on the Plan B morning pill disappear from the headlines, it's worth asking: how truly available is emergency contraception in your own community?

The New DUI: Should Even Hands-Free Cell Phone Use Be Banned While Driving?

A federal transportation safety agency is urging states to ban all cellphone use in cars — even if it's hands free. Get tips for reporting on the health aspects of what's likely to be a hot issue in 2012.



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