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Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog

Veteran health journalist Barbara Feder Ostrov blogs about all things health journalism-related, in particular providing tips for reporters covering health policy, health reform, public health, community health, local health issues, access to care, health insurance, SCHIP, Medicaid and Medicare.

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Reporting on raw milk and food safety can be a minefield. Get reporting tips and resources on how to cover this controversial issue.

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From raspberry ketones to face transplants, online trending topics can be a valuable tool for your health reporting. Here's how to use them wisely.

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Here we go again: investigators are looking into the role that Whitney Houston's doctors may have played in her death. Get resources for reporting on prescription drug abuse in your community.

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Should communities push local restaurants toward offering healthier foods? A new report offers some resources and ideas for your reporting.

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Go beyond event listings and corporate tie-ins to do substantial reporting on women's heart health this month. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Why did the nation's leading breast cancer charity cut off funding to Planned Parenthood? We examine the backstory.

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Predicting the individual mandate's fate, a boost for global health, and school lunch surprises, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Gabrielle Giffords’ resignation from Congress is a poignant reminder that for traumatic brain injury patients, the medical story doesn’t end when the media glare fades.

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An investigative journalist blows the back pain industry wide open in her forthcoming book — and offers advice for your own reporting.

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A bombshell story on autism diagnoses is generating anxiety and outrage among parents concerned their kids will lose services. Get the backstory and resources to jump-start your reporting. 

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