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The Center for Health Journalism invites journalists, policy thinkers and medical professionals to share their perspectives with our diverse and interdisciplinary community. Our member blog captures a range of perspectives on health, health policy and health journalism. Interested in blogging? Reach out to editor@centerforhealthjournalism.org.

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When it comes to stem cells and stem cell research, there has been a virulent controversy for many years. The reason is sensible when you peel back the medical terminology, because some of the stem cell research involves using unborn human embryos.

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Most Americans consume at least twice the recommended amount of sugar and few people who have the soda “habit” only drink one soft drink a day as recommended

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Obamacare has been a hot topic in politics since day one: it’s been a subject to many debates, mainly in means of whether or not it’s only well-intentioned and good on paper.

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Do you know the difference between absolute and relative risk? This quick primer shows why the distinction is essential to accurate health stories.
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The speed of discovery in medical innovation exceeds that of any time in history, and “organoids” created from stem cells are a powerful example.

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With the onset of federally mandated enforcement of patient privacy laws, it’s a good time to review lessons from HIPAA cases announced in 2016.  Common themes clearly prevail. ...

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In October 2015 in Pueblo, CO, the staff members of a primary care medical clinic – Southern Colorado Family Medicine at the St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center – start asking parents of newborn babies to kids five years old about the parents’ adverse childhood experiences and the resilience factors in t

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Have efforts to lower stigma around mental illness overlooked Latino communities? Here's how one reporter tackled the topic and some of the lessons she learned along the way.
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Rufino Jiménez is a legal U.S. resident who pays $17 a month for health insurance he receives through his employer. But he does not have time to go see a doctor — he doesn't even have time to stop and eat his lunch. His struggles are far from unique.
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What are the mental health effects of deadly encounters with police? Reporting out that difficult question led to a number of tough lessons along the way, as KVPR's Jeffrey Hess explains.

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