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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 4:00am
Physicians are often terrible at heeding their own advice. "Among a trio of lung specialists I once knew, only one was not a chain smoker himself," writes Dr. Monya De. How does this happen?
October 25, 2016 | 0 comments
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:00am
In a recent Reuters series, a team of reporters exposed what we still don't know about superbugs and highlighted a huge hole in that knowledge: the inaccuracy of death certificates.
October 24, 2016 | 0 comments
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 7:17am

The U.S. healthcare system is produced and fueled by crony capitalism. Activist investor Dave Chase bottom lined the result (Forbes): “The Middle Class is in a 20-year long economic depression that is at least 95 percent due to health care.”

October 22, 2016 | 20 comments
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:00am
Award-winning, national health, science and innovation radionshow, The Pulse, is seeking a new Reporter/Producer.
October 21, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00am
A new analysis of national data reveals for the first time just a slew of disparities between the mental and physical health of children placed in foster care and otherwise similar kids.
October 20, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00am
The use of air ambulances is on the rise and so are the sky-high surprise bills that often follow. So far states have been stymied in their efforts to regulate the industry. It's a story worth exploring in your community.
October 20, 2016 | 0 comments
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 3:17pm
This week, we caught up with Lisa Aliferis, senior communications officer for California Health Care Foundation’s High Value Care Team, and former health editor of KQED’s State of Health. Here are her top morning reads.
October 18, 2016 | 0 comments
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 4:00am
Legislation recently signed into law in California requires doctors to check a state database before prescribing narcotics. A key advocate behind the effort says increasing media attention was crucial in winning the bill's passage.
October 17, 2016 | 1 comments
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 4:00am
How will the presidential candidates work to improve children's health? Trump touts Medicaid block grants and higher rates, while Clinton vows to push forward the Medicaid expansion and boost spending on early childhood programs.
October 14, 2016 | 1 comments
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 12:00am
Apply for the 2017 California Fellowship taking place in Los Angeles on March 5-9, 2017.
October 14, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00am
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are merely the latest in a long line of American politicians who have cast aspersions on the Canadian health care system. Here's what they don't get.
October 13, 2016 | 3 comments
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:19pm
This week, we caught up with Dan Gorenstein, senior reporter for Marketplace’s Health Desk. Here are his top morning health news reads.
October 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:00am
In Los Angeles, reporter Peiwen Jing finds that the public health system could be doing far more to reach out to Chinese immigrants about health care coverage and access to care.
October 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 1:37am

You might think that tooth decay was a disease only seen in elderly patients, but the fact of the matter is that teeth can decay long before they are fully matured. In countries where dental care is seen as a luxury rather than a necessity, oral health deficiencies are prevalent in people of all age

October 09, 2016 | 0 comments
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 4:00am
A program that creates market incentives to encourage drug makers to target rare pediatric diseases seemed like good policy at first. But evidence of the program's effectiveness is missing.
October 07, 2016 | 0 comments



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