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Maine schools stepping up efforts to get kids to eat healthy foods

Maine schools stepping up efforts to get kids to eat healthy foods

As schools across the country step up efforts to provide more nutritious foods to all children, they’re also focusing on ways get them interested in trying them. And it can be particularly important for kids from low-income families, who often lack access to nutritious food at home.
The Power of Small Data: Hunt for your story's data, since it won’t find you

The Power of Small Data: Hunt for your story's data, since it won’t find you

If you have a story that needs to be told, don't wait for a huge attachment to show up in your inbox. Hunt for the data that will help you tell your story. And keep in mind that a data expert can be an invaluable guide along the way.
Drug companies and the FDA have caused the opioid epidemic, not users

Drug companies and the FDA have caused the opioid epidemic, not users

Drug companies have "bought" opioid favorable guidelines and the FDA continues to approve new opioids. Don't blame patients for the opioid abuse epidemic
Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Capital Public Radio, ABC 7 and WebMD are all hiring

Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Capital Public Radio, ABC 7 and WebMD are all hiring

Capital Public Radio needs a new health care reporter in Sacramento, plus, be sure to check out this week's roundup of fellowships and awards.
How to overcome steep obstacles in juvenile justice reporting

How to overcome steep obstacles in juvenile justice reporting

How one reporter overcame closed courts and bad data to get the scoop on Arkansas' juvenile justice system, where minor offenses can result in children locked up with far more serious offenders.
For Maine families depending on SNAP for groceries, every penny counts

For Maine families depending on SNAP for groceries, every penny counts

Tiffany Krastins stopped receiving food stamp benefits this past September. But with a family of six, money is still tight. “Eight-hundred dollars a month to feed six people, it breaks down to about $1.53 per meal,” she says.
California doles out hefty payments for Hepatitis C drugs

California doles out hefty payments for Hepatitis C drugs

“Dollars that were intended for a wide array of medical services started being gobbled up by just one drug,” said Charles Bacchi, president of an industry trade group.
Are we bidding goodbye to the thoughtful primary care doctor?

Are we bidding goodbye to the thoughtful primary care doctor?

Have we incentivized electronic checkboxes at the expense of more deliberate, thoughtful ways of practicing medicine? Dr. Monya De suggests that today's focus on efficiency and technology leaves little time for actual doctoring.

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Interested in learning more about the health, education and social challenges children face as a result of poverty and adversity?  Apply now for the 2016 National Health Journalism Fellowship, which comes with $2,000-$10,000 reporting grant, five days of intensive all-expenses-paid traing in L.A., and six months of mentoring. Details here.

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