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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 4:00am

A study of Holocaust survivors is casting new light on our understanding of trauma’s effects on the body. The research suggests that extreme trauma can manifest itself in our genetic fingerprints — and that these changes can be passed on to the next generation.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 4:00am

I’d been going to the same woman to cut my hair for five years, and she was always the picture of calm. Until the day she looked at the front door as it was opening and said to me, “I have to run.” Then, her face the picture of panic, she ran.

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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 4:00am

Obamacare has strongly encouraged the creation of accountable care organizations, which focus on coordinating patient care so that, in theory, wasteful practices are eliminated and money is saved. But the early results have been mixed.

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 4:00am

Are high schoolers who use e-cigarettes more likely to turn into smokers? New research published this week strongly suggests that's the case, but the study can't prove one causes the other. Meanwhile, laws preventing the sale of such devices to minors haven't done much to curb their spread.

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August 21, 2015 | 1 comments
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:00am

Is health insurance ripe for disruption by newer, tech-savvy market players? Oscar, a newcomer to the California health insurance exchange, certainly hopes so, and has the market valuation to back it up. But will the company's growth and innovation largely be limited to tech-savvy millennials?

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 4:24am

Problem-solving courts began about a quarter-century ago and now number more than 3,000 across the United States, housed among the nation’s approximately 16,000 state courts but on separate dockets.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 4:00am

A troubled California database that allows doctors to check which patients are already receiving potentially addictive prescriptions is currently being relaunched. But one doctor argues that the state needs to do far more to stem prescription drug deaths than simply revamp CURES.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 12:00am

Check out this week's full roundup of job opportunities, upcoming fellowships, and educational events.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 4:00am

There has been a lot of rhetoric about the value of community health workers, but such programs don't always work as well as they could. Some basic guidelines could go a long way toward ensuring such workers contribute to the health of patients, particularly those with chronic diseases.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 4:00am

Earlier this year, an expert panel called for the closure of L.A. County's Welcome Centers for kids awaiting foster placements. But the real problems have more to do with a lack of foster homes and chronic underinvestment in programs that can keep kids from needing foster care in the first place.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 2:10am

Many are baffled why the suicide rate in the United States is rising despite antidepressant use being at an all time high. Suicide has risen to 38,000 a year, says USA Today, after falling in the 1990s.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 2:00am

The Dallas Morning News is searching for a Public Health Reporter in Dallas, TX, and applications are now being accepted for the new California Health Data Journalism Fellowship.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 7:36am

Last week, ProPublica and Yelp announced a partnership in which they will provide health care statistics and patient survey results on the Yelp pages of more than 25,000 health care facilities. More information to help journalists write about health is a good thing — especially right now.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 4:00am

Leaders of health organizations rightfully get excited when a big donation appears on the horizon. But long before the shovels hit dirt, it’s critical to have a frank discussion with donors to understand their needs and expectations. Think of Garth Brooks as a warning case.

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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:00am

Balitmore Sun reporter Andrea McDaniels set out to tell the stories of the children and families who aren’t the direct victims of violence but who suffer its horrible after-effects for years afterwards. Almost nothing about the project was easy, as McDaniels and editor Diana Sugg recently shared.

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August 07, 2015 | 0 comments

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