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Investigating Health

This column offers strategies and tips for producing investigative health stories. We highlight great coverage, talk to leading reporters in the field, point out resources and datasets rich with untold stories, and discuss how to navigate the roadblocks hard-hitting investigations often run up against.

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How can you find out if hospitals or health centers near you are doing enough to ensure good maternal health? Start by pretending you are a first-time mother in crisis.
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Taken together these stories on pediatric surgery programs raises serious questions about American hospitals and the care they provide. Here are a few worthy of further examination.
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A three-year long reporting journey blended science and street reporting to reveal widespread environmental threats to Philadelphia's children at home and school.
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While objectivity might not exist, the key is to check your biases. And recheck them throughout your reporting.
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Misinformation about health spreads as rapidly as a pathogen. Here’s how to track its spread using an online tool called Hoaxy.
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How you conduct yourself in reporting a health investigation — or even a basic health beat story — is now fair game on social media, on talk shows, and everywhere else.
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Instead of leaping onto the fearwagon when a bug seems to appear out of nowhere, check the science. Then consider seeking out the real infection hotspots in your community.
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Have you thought about using data and public records to investigate medical marijuana in your state? Here are some great places to start.
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Mike Hixenbaugh shares how he and Charlie Ornstein exposed the unusually high rate of deaths and complications at one of the country’s best known heart transplant programs.

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