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Our health care system still massively overtreats patients, but we can change that

Overtreatment can pose a huge harm to patients, with the complications worse than the original problem at times. Consider arthroscopic surgery for knee pain.
Nurse Stephen Van Dyke helps Mary Donahue, 100, with her exercises in her Denver home. A local nonprofit provides free home nurs

Staggering levels of health spending in U.S. could be curbed by more thoughtful care

U.S. spending on health care alone is large enough to make it the world's fifth largest economy. A more thoughtful, evidence-driven approach to delivering care could curb such staggering statistics.
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Use this step-by-step data guide to chronicle the opioid epidemic in your community

Data journalist Leonardo Castaneda offers reporters a detailed tutorial on how to analyze — and then map — data from any county's medical examiner's office on opioid-related deaths.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Newspapers are hiring across the country

Check out health reporter positions at The Herald News, Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Connecticut Mirror.
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Until we fix electronic medical records, we’ll keep losing good physicians

Can you imagine a lawyer stopping in the middle of a divorce deposition to type up everything that was just said? Why then do we ask doctors to do such rote tasks?
Is a key aspect of your story based on just one source? Yikes!

Island of Doubt: Don’t let your great reporting be undermined by one source

Journalists have heard it a million times: use multiple sources. But as William Heisel explains, that means more than conducting a bunch of interviews and filling up notebooks.
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California, Michigan see quick payoffs for tougher vaccine requirements

California and Michigan offer real-world laboratories for state policies that clamp down on vaccine exemptions, and the early results are very encouraging.
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Veteran journalists and expert share ideas on how to better cover the opioid crisis

“What you’re hearing is that the pain killer problem has turned into a heroin problem,” Dr. Andrew Kolodny said. “That makes for a good story, but that isn’t really what’s going on.”

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