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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 5:00am

State medical boards should transform themselves from boards composed mainly of doctors to a model where members of the general public occupy most of the board seats, according to consumer advocates. The push for change follows on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

May 11, 2015 | 5 comments
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 3:53am

Direct-to-consumer advertising (DTC) has been accused of "selling" depression and over-treating or medicalizing lifestyle problems that probably don't need drugs. Yet a quick look at old issues Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that the tactics are far from new.

May 11, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 5:00am

A strong relationship with the county coroner or medical examiner and an understanding of autopsies and forensic investigations will serve you well on the health beat. Here's how to make use of these resources, while still remaining empathetic to those grieving their loss.

May 08, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:30am

Recent data and survey results suggest that health reform's promise of getting people out of the ER and into less costly care settings hasn't come to pass yet. There's a growing realization that it's going to take more than health insurance to change patients' longterm habits.

May 07, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 5:00am

New data show that teens and young adults in the ER for an assault injury were 40 percent more likely than their peers to be involved in gun violence over the next two years. That makes such ER visits a big opportunity for those working to interrupt the cycle of youth gun violence.

May 07, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 12:00am

Apply to join the team as the managing editor at's new healthy living website. And check out other positions in health reporting, editing, and social media. Also, a new online course will cover Ebola for journalists.

May 07, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 2:14pm

Patients and health care journalists have long called for greater transparency in the prices of health care, and several companies now provide that information for free. Two recent surveys asked whether the public is using this it.

May 06, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 5:00am

The hardest part of reporting on the health implications of Central Valley rivers was not the research or content, but finding the right characters for the stories. In the end, a radio reporter discovered the best way to find the characters that brought his stories to life was on the river itself.

May 05, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 3:00am

Death and birth records are crucial to public health and health reporting. They can help verify causes of death, point you to family members, or allow you to track larger public health trends. Here's how to start using them for your stories, if you aren't already.

May 05, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 5:00am

How much time should elapse before a patient returns for a follow-up visit? The answer, of course, is that it depends on the situation. But as a recent JAMA article made clear, there are surprisingly few evidence-based answers to guide doctors here.

May 04, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 5:00am

The University of Minnesota is replacing the chairman of its psychiatry department following two scathing reviews of its safety protocols in research involving human subjects and its recruitment of a troubled man who later died by suicide in a schizophrenia drug trial.

May 01, 2015 | 1 comments
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 4:00am

Laura Starecheski recently spoke to Reporting on Health about how she reported her NPR series on childhood adversity and trauma. In the second part of our Q&A, Starecheski explains how she found innovative programs to feature and why maps can be such a powerful explanatory tool.

May 01, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:00am

California leads the nation when it comes to fostering the health of undocumented immigrants, according to a recent report. Meanwhile, state legislators are considering legislation that would expand coverage to undocumented residents.

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:00am

Opportunities are available from coast to coast in this week's roundup. Check out new job openings at The Boston Globe and Stanford University's School of Medicine.

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:00am

When reporting on hospitals, it pays to download and read the hospital’s Joint Commission report. These reports are an important first step in understanding the basic outlines of how a hospital is performing relative to others.

April 29, 2015 | 2 comments



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