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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 29, 2015 | 2 comments
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 5:00am

Reporter Kathleen O'Brien of the New Jersey Star-Ledger stayed flexible in her reporting and ultimately uncovered system-wide computer problems that were only affecting New Jersey's poor. Here she shares the lessons she learned while working on the project.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:00am

Contributing editor William Heisel looks back over last week's annual gathering of the Association of Health Care Journalists and shares some of his favorite tips and lessons from the bounty of panels and conversations on hand at the conference.

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April 27, 2015 | 1 comments
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:27am

This week a New York Times article revealed why Michael Botticelli, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is becoming so successful in his post. He is recovering from addiction himself and “the first person in substance-abuse recovery to hold the position."

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00am

Laura Starecheski's recent NPR series on childhood adversity and trauma is an essential listen for those interested in how childhood events can shape long-term health. Starecheski recently spoke to Reporting on Health about how she reported the stories and what she learned along the way.

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April 24, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00am

Even as the ACA transforms the nation’s health care system, its future remains uncertain. But no matter what happens, the law and its impact will remain a central subject for health care journalists for years to come, as AHCJ 2015 panelists Sarah Kliff and Julie Appleby explained.

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April 24, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:00am

The high-deductible health plans sold under the "bronze" banner may look lousy at first glance. But while they may not be ideal coverage, they're far better than the high deductible plans sold before Obamacare. And they can supply a critical lifeline when misfortune strikes.

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April 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 5:00am

You've no doubt heard of the "Slow Food" movement before, but what about "Slow Medicine"? Two leading practitioners explain the history and reasoning behind their careful, thoughtful philosophy of care. Their smart dispatches will be regularly featured here on the "Slow Medicine" blog.

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April 23, 2015 | 2 comments
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:30am

The rate of childhood obesity has tripled over the past 30 years. While there are no easy solutions, programs that focus on the whole family have shown positive results in changing both behaviors and health measures.

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April 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:00am

The Huffington Post is seeking a senior editor to lead a multimedia-first approach to healthy living coverage, and NPR's global health and development team is seeking a social media and events editor.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 4:00am

Headed to the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference in Santa Clara this week? It's always hard to pick from the annual bounty of presentations, but contributing editor William Heisel's selection of don't-miss sessions will get you started.

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 8:09am

So many men today believe they suffer from "low T" and pursue testosterone therapy. But is it marketing or medicine? I caught up with an expert to ask him why testosterone seems to be of such interest particularly to men and whether men should be concerned or cautious.

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April 20, 2015 | 1 comments
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:00am

The New York Times' science and health editor Barbara Strauch died this week. Columnist William Heisel looks back at her exemplary career and shares a handful of lessons drawn from Strauch's editorial intelligence and warm, engaging presence. She will be missed.

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April 17, 2015 | 0 comments

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