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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:00am
Capital Public Radio needs a new health care reporter in Sacramento, plus, be sure to check out this week's roundup of fellowships and awards.
February 05, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 3:00am
With the third open enrollment period closing last Sunday and predictions suggesting fewer sign-ups than expected, it’s time to be clear about why it’s so difficult to get the remaining holdouts insured.
February 04, 2016 | 0 comments
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 3:00am
Have we incentivized electronic checkboxes at the expense of more deliberate, thoughtful ways of practicing medicine? Dr. Monya De suggests that today's focus on efficiency and technology leaves little time for actual doctoring.
February 02, 2016 | 0 comments
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 12:46am
Another convicted child care provider has won a new trial with the argument that medical thinking about shaken baby syndrome has changed.
February 01, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 10:33pm
Bloomberg Media is looking for a consumer health reporter to join the editorial team at its flagship online publication.
January 28, 2016 | 0 comments
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 4:00am
Zika virus has been generating a lot of news lately. But the reports haven't always been accurate. Dr. Seema Yasmin offers a quick primer and dispels a couple of myths for reporters filing stories on the epidemic as it spreads through the Americas.
January 27, 2016 | 2 comments
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 4:00am
This week brought news of a compromise in the battle over new school lunch standards. It comes quick on the heels of new research that questions critics' claims of tossed food and lost revenues.
January 22, 2016 | 1 comments
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 12:00am needs a health editor. Plus, check out open positions at, WHHY and Industry Drive.
January 22, 2016 | 0 comments
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 4:00am
A study looking at births in Britain finds home-births safer, while another U.S. study finds babies born at home face higher risk of death. It turns out having ways to get moms to the hospital quickly when complications arise might be the most important variable.
January 19, 2016 | 0 comments
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 3:00am
We thought we knew the main reasons why doctors perform too many C-sections in the U.S. But a recently reported study points to another cause: Doctors are often wrong in predicting babies' weight, and that can lead to unnecessary cesareans.
January 15, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:59pm
Application's for the 2016 California Health Journalism Fellowship are due today. Plus check out these job openings at The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Crain's New York Business.
January 14, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 4:00am
Are insurance policies too complicated to understand? They always have been and always will be unless there are changes in the way policies work, or until there are rules to make it easier for buyers to compare options.
January 14, 2016 | 0 comments
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 3:00am
As any ER doc can tell you, alcohol can lead to all kinds of horrible and entirely preventable health effects. So why not jump on the "dry January" trend? As Dr. Monya De writes, drinkers who do so are more likely to use less alcohol going forward.
January 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 12:00am
Don't forget to submit your application to apply for the 2016 California Health Journalism Fellowship. Additionally, the Dallas Morning News needs a new Business of Health Care Reporter.
January 08, 2016 | 0 comments
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 6:00am
Advocates have been urging the FDA to allow corn masa to be fortified with folic acid for years, with the goal of curbing rare birth defects among Hispanic children. The FDA hasn't budged so far, but that could change as the agency reviews new research.
January 07, 2016 | 2 comments



Thanks to groundbreaking new research, we can now see how much private insurance plans are paying for common procedures and per person in communities across the U.S. This webinar will help journalists and policy makers contextualize the private-payer data, discuss possible policy responses, and offer suggestions for how reporters can use this resource to bolster their reporting. Register here.

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