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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 5:00am

The privilege that has allowed parents to refuse immunizations for their kids stems not from economic or educational status — it springs from the privilege of not having seen the horrific diseases that ravaged U.S. children just two generations ago, and continue to do so worldwide.

June 04, 2015 | 1 comments
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 5:00am

Health insurers will often limit the size of provider networks to control costs, frustrating patients who suddenly find their doctor is now out-of-network. But do such "narrow networks" mean poorer quality care and access? Not necessarily, says a recent study of California plans.

June 04, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 7:42am

It's been five years since excitement over a female or "Pink Viagra" faded when the FDA nixed the drug candidate. Now flibanserin is back before an FDA committee that could recommend approval.

June 03, 2015 | 2 comments
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 4:38pm

The virus could win. It wants to do to Shima Andre what it already has done to so many thousands of people worldwide: Drain her of energy. Change the color of her skin. Make her panic when she feels a pain on her right side.

June 02, 2015 | 1 comments
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:00am

New research offers some much-need recommendations on how to curb MRSA infections among nursing home residents. As it turns out, the activities that pose the greatest risk of infection aren't always what you might think they'd be.

June 02, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 4:00am

When reporter Arielle Levin Becker set out to interview families involved in a home-visiting program, she found unexpectedly difficult. The reservations voiced by potential sources ultimately led her to rethink how she approaches interviews in general.

June 02, 2015 | 4 comments
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 9:09am

More than two thirds of U.S. adults are now overweight and it is fair to say that almost all of them overeat. It is not too difficult to overeat when food and snack ads are everywhere--as are the products themselves

May 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:00am

California is taking another run at requiring doctors to check a patient’s prescription history before prescribing potentially addictive drugs, with legislation passing the state senate yesterday. But will California legislators make the same kinds of compromises with providers that Oklahoma did?

May 29, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 5:00am

Children consume a bigger proportion of their daily calories from added sugars than adults, and the concerns go beyond nutrition. New research suggests that fructose can activate the brain's reward regions and generate hunger and cravings for other high-calorie foods.

May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 12:00am

Opportunities are available to receive additional reporting support from the NIHCM Foundation and The Carey Institute for Global Good. Check them out along with this week's new job postings.

May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 1:25pm

National Drug Court Month is almost over, but how many who could benefit from this unique aspect of the legal system actually know about this option? With May being National Drug Court Month, drug courts across the nation have been celebrating their successes in the hope of spreading awareness.

May 27, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 5:00am

Oklahoma is one of only a handful of states that require physicians to check a patient’s prescription history before prescribing potentially addictive drugs. How did Oklahoma enact this requirement when so many other states, such as California, have tried and failed?

May 27, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 4:00am

Annie Brewster started Health Story Collaborative to give patients a voice, and to bring the human side of illness back into the practice of medical care and recovery. Research suggests that the way we narrate stories of illness can have a profound impact on our mental health.

May 26, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:00am

It's easy for the headlines on health stories to go way beyond what the study itself actually supports. That happened this week in coverage of new research on how physically active preschoolers are. It serves as a good reminder to acknowledge any given study's limitations.

May 22, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:59am

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a report suggesting that the rate of severe mental illness among children and adolescents has dropped substantially in the past generation — not risen.

May 22, 2015 | 0 comments



Soaring out-of-pocket costs, rising premiums, and shaky insurance exchanges raise urgent questions this election season. What policies might address these problems, and how do the presidential candidates’ health plans differ? This webinar will give an overview of each candidates’ policy prescriptions and provide reporters with crucial context for covering one of the election’s most important but overlooked issues.

The 2017 California Fellowship, for California-based journalists only, will be held March 5-9, 2017 in Los Angeles. This Fellowship will focus on vulnerable populations and access to care and health care reform and innovation. We also take an in-depth look at how community conditions influence individuals' prospects for health. Each Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend to assist with the costs of reporting an ambitious Fellowship project on a California health issue, as well as six months of mentoring by a Senior Fellow. Deadline to apply is Dec. 1.  For more information, go here.


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