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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:37pm
As the world heads into the age of the Internet of Things, every day devices are reporting data about virtually everything people do. This data helps companies market to consumers better. It helps manufacturers improve on their products. It helps homeowners to direct energy usage in their homes with
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:47am
There is another, more insidious creep seen with drugs than indication creep- "warning creep": acknowledging new and alarming warnings after a drug is approved and in wide use.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:00am
Check out this week's range of job listings, fellowship and awards.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:00am
An updated look at youth suicides recently found that suicide rates in rural U.S. counties are double those of urban areas. Figuring out the causes behind the widening disparity is more difficult, but lack of access to mental health services is a big part of the problem in rural areas.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 4:00am
A federal law forbids hospitals from simply kicking their patients to the curb, a practice called patient dumping. Hospitals are required to treat patients who arrive at the ER. Here's how to check whether hospitals in your coverage area are violating the rules.
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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:00am
Homelessness has long been a serious problem in Anchorage, Alaska. The challenge for two reporters at Alaska Dispatch News was to find new ways to cut through old perceptions and debates to tell stories that showed their subjects’ enduring humanity. Here's how they did it.
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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:00am
Even with all the changes in the health care landscape, there are still more not-for-profit hospitals in the U.S. than profit-driven organizations or government-run hospitals. Finding out information isn't always easy, but using IRS 990 forms can offer a powerful window into their workings.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 4:00am
At the Native American Health Center in East Oakland, health reform has pushed clinic staff to experiment with new ways of delivering care. But changes in the way care is reimbursed and increased competition for patients still leaves clinic leaders nervous about longterm survival.
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March 12, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 4:00am
A new study of kids in the Los Angeles basin found that as air quality “improved dramatically” in recent years, so did the capacity of children's lungs. The study's attributes the gains to more stringent emissions standards. But can the air quality gains continue amid a resurgent economy?
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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:00am
Only three more weeks to get your application together for the USC Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 4:00pm
New research finds that coverage of political conflict over the measles vaccine is unlikely to change the minds of the anti-vaccination camp, but could have negative effects on public attitudes and beliefs. Is the media's coverage accentuating a false controversy?
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March 11, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 2:49am
In the last five years, men have been told they also need hormone replacement therapy for their “Low T” and to retain their sexiness and youth. But male HRT looks no safer than women’s and may similarly activate pre-existing cancers. Clearly people do not get old because they lose their hormones.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 4:00am
Doctors usually train in a specialty, but they don’t have to practice in that specialty. And, in most states, they don’t have to tell you how they trained before they treat you. Records from medical specialty boards can help reporters figure out if doctors are board-certified and in which field.
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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 4:00am
When it comes to enterprise reporting, "community engagement" is the order of the day. But how do reporters find the time for such work in overstretched newsrooms? Three journalists known for their work in this arena recently shared what they've learned with other reporters.
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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00am
Medicare made more than $583 billion in payments in 2013. But, for one of the fastest rising areas of Medicare spending, the agency has no way of knowing whether all that money was spent wisely.
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March 06, 2015 | 0 comments

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