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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 4:00am

On health care, the talk from presidential candidates has been way too sketchy and uninformative, argues contributing editor Trudy Lieberman. Policy details remain vague, and no one has gotten to the heart of what ails the system.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 3:00am

Rural hospitals have been closing at alarming rate across the nation, including California's Central Valley. What happens to rural residents when a local hospital closes it doors? And is telemedicine really the solution?

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March 01, 2016 | 0 comments
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 3:00am

Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s richest, most advanced companies. But underneath highways and along riverbeds, a scattered network of shantytowns endures. Santa Clara Co. has one of the most acute homelessness problems in the nation.

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 3:00am

Daily life has regained a sense of normalcy in the months since the terror attacks in San Bernardino. But the longer lasting impacts are still taking shape. A reporter sets out to detail the event's impact on mental health across the inland region.

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February 29, 2016 | 0 comments
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 3:00am

Working with data, it’s often easy to forget that each entry represents a real human being. An opioid abuse epidemic like the one taking place in San Diego isn’t just a statistically significant outlier — it’s a series of individual human tragedies.

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00am

Kaiser Health News need an experienced journalist and editor in health policy and politics. Plus, check out these three health fellowships, including the 2016 National Health Journalism Fellowship from the Center for Health Journalism.

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February 26, 2016 | 0 comments
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:45am

Let's say you asked for data during the early stages of reporting, but the agency in question told you, "Tough luck." Contributor William Heisel offers tips on how to fill an empty spreadsheet with pluck and will.

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February 24, 2016 | 0 comments
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 10:19am

The new acting Medicare chief is on to something: The idea that meaningful use of Internet communications between patients and doctors should really mean something. But instead of a narrow interpretation of meaningful use relating to electronic health records, it’s time to go a step further.

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February 22, 2016 | 0 comments
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 3:00am

An online health startup called Nurx bills itself as the "Uber for birth control." Dr. Monya De takes the site out for a spin, and finds she has some serious reservations along the way.

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February 22, 2016 | 0 comments
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:00am

A new Health Matters webinar this week explored just how different the health care spending map looks when researchers are given access to price and spending data from private insurance plans.

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February 19, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:00am

Applications being accepted for both the USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism/s 2016 National Health Journalism Fellowship and International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) new program, "Covering Malaria Elimination in Africa: A Fellowship for U.S. Journalists."

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February 18, 2016 | 0 comments
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 3:00am

You don’t have to be a math whiz to make this calculation: If you see a chart, map or visualization, there must be data behind it. It's a good practice for reporters to ask for the underlying data.

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 8:17am

Twenty-some years ago, my kids tested with high lead levels. My partner and I were shocked and horrified. What had caused this?

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:14pm

Business Insider needs a Health Reporter, plus, About.com is hiring freelance writers and editors across the country. Check out all this week's opportunities.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:00am

Citing recent research, our Slow Medicine bloggers write that "we are still exposing far too many patients to an intensity of care at the end of life that leaves their family members with additional grief and regret."

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February 11, 2016 | 0 comments

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