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Ecological Anxiety: New Book Taps Medical Fears, Yields Empowering Insights

Having grown up in a "natural is best" kind of environment, Nathanael Johnson became the family skeptic. His book looks at the polarized viewpoints in a world of "global warming, killer germs, and obesity."

Everybody Hurts: Paying for Prescription Tracking in Pennies

Possibilities for funding California's now useless prescription drug monitoring program range from charging drug companies a penny or less per prescription or levying a small licensing fee to medical providers and pharmacies.

Testing, Testing: The Cost of Health Care for Health Care’s Sake

After scoring a touchdown, the son of Orange County Register humor columnist Marla Jo Fisher fainted. On game day, he was so nervous he hadn't eaten anything. Still, the coaches wouldn't let him come back to the team until he got checked out.

Hit After Hit: Hard to Blame Football for Jovan Belcher's Off-Field Violence

Big hits are no more the culprit in the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide than they are in the ongoing story of head trauma in football.

Know Your Source: Where Do Health Data Originate?

Over a series of posts, I’m going to try to break down some of the broad categories of data, discuss how they are used and point out some of their limitations. I’m going to cover four main areas: vital statistics, censuses, surveys, and estimates.

Beat the Clock: Keep Your Boss Interested as Your Project Progresses

It's not enough to produce a great reporting project. You've got to keep higher-ups excited about it. Here are some tips.

Talking Cancer: More Tips from the International Workshop for Scientific Journalism

Learn the latest tips for covering cancer — including important difference in types of screening — from an international journalism conference.

Talking Cancer: Tips from the International Workshop for Scientific Journalism

Get tips for smart coverage of cancer from an international journalism conference.

Beat the Clock: Take Off Your Pastry Chef Hat and Write!

To keep your reporting projects on track, think more like a taxi driver and less like a pastry chef.

Just One Breath: Tackling a Disease Before Treatment Even Starts

We don’t write enough about what happens when someone is given the wrong diagnosis. Here's what you should know.



We've opened recruitment for our all-expenses-paid 2016 California Health Journalism Fellowship, to be held in Los Angeles March 6-10, 2016. Apply now for a $1,000 reporting grant and five days of information-packed seminars, workshops and field trips on California's health care challenges. Click here for details.

We’ve grown considerably since we began in 2004 at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, and we’re thrilled to announce we now have a new name and new look for our website, formerly known as Reporting on Health.


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