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Q&A with Liz Szabo Part 2: Seeing the humanity in the harshest of critics

USA Today's Liz Szabo knows that criticism comes with the territory, but she doesn't respond to name-calling. She will engage in constructive and civil conversation with readers who are genuinely concerned.

Q&A with Liz Szabo: Braving legal threats to investigate a medical folk hero

USA Today reporter Liz Szabo breaks news for a living. So she had to squeeze her investigation of Dr. Stanley Burzynski and the patients who died under his care into the few hours or minutes between breaking daily news.

Folk Heroism: Lessons from USA Today’s cancer doctor investigation

Liz Szabo's USA Today story -- Doctor accused of selling false hope to families -- is one of the best medical investigations I have read. Here are a few lessons from the piece.

Questions Surface About US Chicken Wholesomeness

Could there be anything worse for the chicken industry than this month's outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that hospitalized 42 percent of everyone who got it -- almost 300 in 18 states? Yes.

Complete Health Reporting: Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Treatment

Health writers can help readers understand that less treatment sometimes makes the most sense.

Double Dipping: Four Tips from USA TODAY’s Injection Safety Investigation

I rarely read an entire story on my phone, but when I saw the headline Dirty medical needles put tens of thousands at risk in USA TODAY on Thursday, I had to click through all nine pages of it.

Interns for the Win: Kaitlyn Ridel and Her Big USA Today Lead Poisoning Story

It's great to get a national reporting internship. It's even better when you land an important lead poisoning story on the front page of USA Today - after only a month on the job.

Daily Briefing: Ebola Outbreak, Doc Shortage and Blood Supply Low

Obamacare will intensify the doctor shortage, blood supplies low, babesiosis spreading and more from our Daily Briefing.

Daily Briefing: FDA Spying on Its Employees

Conflicts of interest in genetic counseling, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, TV dangers and more from our Daily Briefing.

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