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Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog

Veteran health journalist Barbara Feder Ostrov blogs about all things health journalism-related, in particular providing tips for reporters covering health policy, health reform, public health, community health, local health issues, access to care, health insurance, SCHIP, Medicaid and Medicare.

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Why some health reporters and bloggers deserve hazard pay for examining Todd Akin's absurd claims.

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A recent webinar on covering mental health issues and the recession offered some great story ideas and resources for journalists, bloggers and advocates. Here's a sampling:

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This year's West Nile virus season is one of the worst in years. Could quicker action have prevented deaths in Dallas?

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These are the dog days of summer, right? So snuggle up to your air conditioner and check out these recent great health reads.

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July was the hottest month ever recorded in the U.S. So why isn't the media doing a better job of covering the brutal heat's impact on our health?

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A new swine flu variant has public health officials worried.

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"Hot Spotter" Dr. Jeffrey Brenner talks about his pioneering efforts to improve the health of Camden's costliest patients - and offers ideas for your reporting.

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When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his intention to ban the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces at some establishments in New York City, it caused a huge kerfuffle. Among all of the craziness of the debate, I couldn’t help but wonder whether or not this kind of policy really makes a difference.

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A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that primary care medical homes may actually increase operating costs, instead of producing the cost savings touted by their proponents. This study, I think, is a cautionary tale as health reform moves ahead.

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I was waiting for my two boys after their swimming lessons recently, when another parent there looked up at a sign posted on the door of the community pool and loudly scoffed....

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