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Monday, August 10, 2009 - 10:40pm

ReportingonHealth's TalkBack blog recently highlighted media coverage of a new study showing a striking difference in survival rates between blacks and whites with a certain type of throat cancer.

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August 10, 2009 | 0 comments
Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 10:38pm

The New York Times and the medical journal PloS Medicine won an incredible victory for patients and for health writers last week. They persuaded a judge in a lawsuit against drug makers to release 1,500 previously sealed documents that tell the story of how drug companies like Wyeth have been acting as ghost writers in medical journals.

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August 09, 2009 | 0 comments
Friday, August 7, 2009 - 10:01am

This is the second part of my conversation with Dr. John Dombrowski, a Washington D.C. anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who sits on the American Society of Anesthesiology's administrative affairs committee.

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August 07, 2009 | 0 comments
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 10:44pm

The doors are open at the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California, 2009 Excellence in Journalism Competition.

From chapter president Ricardo Sandoval:

"These awards honor the journalists whose work best reflects the SPJ ideals of initiative, integrity, talent and compassion.

In addition to our regular categories, we are adding three new ones this year to reflect the ongoing evolution of the delivery of news and comment.

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August 05, 2009 | 0 comments
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 10:27pm

Anesthesiologists everywhere cringed when they heard the news that Michael Jackson was found dead with a bag of propofol nearby.

The drug is too strong to be used as a sleep aid and deceptively simple to administer. Anesthesia drugs like propofol require constant monitoring, and Jackson, apparently, was
left unattended after receiving the drug.

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August 04, 2009 | 1 comments
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:39pm

Former California Endowment Health Journalism Fellows are picking up awards and nods all over the western United States this year. Here are some highlights from the award-winning reporting produced as fellowship projects:

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August 04, 2009 | 0 comments
Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 11:46am

Pia Christensen of the Association of Health Care Journalists responded to an earlier blog post that I had essentially ignored some good reporting on the Public Citizen report about how hospitals are failing in a very big way to report bad doctors to the National Practitioner Data Bank. She cited three stories, saying:

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August 02, 2009 | 0 comments
Friday, July 31, 2009 - 6:07pm

I recently wrote about the new National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network launched by the Centers for Disease Control. A fascinating resource for reporters, but molasses-slow at its debut.

I'm happy to report that after playing with the network again, the online database has recovered from its torpor, which might be explained by an estimated 10,000 hits upon its launch.

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July 31, 2009 | 0 comments
Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 2:57pm

Four days after Michael Jackson died of an unexpected heart attack on June 25, Dr. John Dombrowski,an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, posted a letter on his Web site, demanding better pain management for all patients and a recognition that pain care is an important specialty.

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July 30, 2009 | 1 comments
Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 1:29pm

Trudy Lieberman is the president of The Association of Health Care Journalists board of directors, and she is the director of the health and medicine reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York. Ms. Lieberman is also a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and a contributor to The Nation. Below is her blog post on how health care reporting is possible - and necessary!

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July 30, 2009 | 0 comments
Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:56pm

We live in California. That means wildfire. But in some areas, particularly poor rural ones surrouned by federal forest land, the smoke could be slowly making residents sick.

This spring, the Redding Record Searchlight teamed with the Center for California Health Care Journalism to discover that last summer's wildfires made many poor, elderly residents seriously ill. Some continue to have chronic respiratory problems a year later.

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July 30, 2009 | 0 comments
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 9:32am

It sounds like a line a standup comic might use while flailing for a laugh: "What's a guy gotta do around here to get arrested? Steal somebody's kidney?"

If you are a doctor in a hospital in most of the United States, the answer is: yes.

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July 29, 2009 | 0 comments
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 3:27pm

Here's a quick roundup of recent articles localizing the potential impact of federal health reform and California's health budget cuts (see Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's additional $656 million in line-item vetoes here and the full California budget document here).

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July 28, 2009 | 0 comments
Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 9:12pm

UPDATE: The Associated Press reported Monday afternoon that Dr. Conrad Murray gave Jackson propofol to help him sleep, and the dose proved to be lethal. Today, police and federal drug enforcement officials are reportedly searching Murray's Las Vegas home.

It is the most anticipated autopsy in modern history.

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July 26, 2009 | 0 comments
Friday, July 24, 2009 - 11:43am

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, the acting president of Public Citizen and the head of its Health Research Group, is a guy you don't want to have as an opponent. He has an encyclopedic command of the facts and a delivery that manages to be both gracious and a little intimidating.

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July 24, 2009 | 0 comments

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