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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 4:00am
In California, nursing home stakeholders are wrestling over what kind of guidelines to put in place for the prescription of antipsychotic drugs. A key question: What level of consent is appropriate and who should give it?
September 12, 2014 | 6 comments
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:00am
A recent policy brief found that public health programs must expand their reach if they're to increase the number of people who receive preventive care. But reaching those who don't routinely seek care means meeting people where they are — culturally, linguistically and geographically.
September 11, 2014 | 1 comments
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 12:00am
Ever consider sharing your health care knowledge? The California State University is looking for a professional to lecture in their Department of Public Health.
September 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Complex pediatric heart surgeries can be scary and hard to understand for families. But a former print journalist is spearheading new interactive visualizations inspired by video games to educate patients and take some of the mystery and fear out of the surgical ordeal.
September 10, 2014 | 0 comments
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 6:13am
During Suicide Prevention Week advocates are conducting suicide awareness campaigns. But there is not evidence that awareness reduces suicide. More effective suicide prevention approaches are being ignored.
September 09, 2014 | 0 comments
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:03pm
Animal researchers and protestors clashed this year near the UCLA campus under heavy police presence.
September 08, 2014 | 0 comments
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 4:00am
Industry groups have argued for a drug form that does not require a patient or family member signature. That possibility has raised deep concerns among some patient advocates, who point out the drugs' potential dangers.
September 08, 2014 | 5 comments
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 4:00am
ER visits are growing and the number of emergency departments is shrinking. Does that mean more people will be denied urgent care and suffer or die as a result? The effects might be smaller than you think, and a good reminder to question our assumptions as reporters.
September 05, 2014 | 0 comments
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Talk of the hygiene hypothesis, beneficial bacteria, and the microbiome is becoming increasingly common. But the science of how these concepts relate to allergies and other conditions is still very much in progress. And that makes reporting on these topics tricky.
September 04, 2014 | 0 comments
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:00am
The Affordable Care Act has spurred new conversations about how to best deliver mental health benefits. Ideas range from incorporating more mental health services into primary care visits to the use of avatar systems to help schizophrenics control hallucinations.
September 04, 2014 | 0 comments
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am
This week's listings include reporting positions with New York Public Radio's WNYC Health Unit and Bloomberg's Health team in New York, plus check out the fellowship opportunities in our weekly roundup.
September 04, 2014 | 1 comments
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 4:00am
What happens when a health reporter personally tries out some of the health trends she routinely covers? Jondi Gumz committed herself to taking more steps and eating healthier foods than ever before. Not that it always came easy, especially on deadline days.
September 03, 2014 | 0 comments
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 4:00am
Jenna Russell's recent three-part series for The Boston Globe presents a remarkably intimate, revealing portrait of a man and his family as they struggle to cope with his mental illness. Her reporting holds a number of lessons for journalists taking on projects that deal with mental health.
September 02, 2014 | 0 comments
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 4:00am
As The Boston Globe readied a new three-part series for publication, a regional hospital chain tried suing a newspaper and a patient after it was prevented from disclosing a mentally ill patient's records. The suit was part of a series of serious miscalculations on the hospital's part.
August 29, 2014 | 0 comments
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 4:00am
In addition to the big insurers, California's state health exchange includes a handful of smaller, region-specific plans. While some have found more early success than others, collectively these plans offer consumers choice and, in some cases, more affordable options.
August 28, 2014 | 0 comments



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