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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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The surprisingly intense pushback against a proposed ban on school bake sales in Mass. is just the latest example of how hard it is for schools to improve their nutrition — and kids' health. 

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Psychologist and mom Polly Palumbo didn't just get mad when she read irresponsible media coverage of children's health issues — she started debunking it in her blog, Momma Data.

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What happens when the profit incentive takes over dental care for underserved schoolkids?

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Why focusing on obesity is a gift for the food industry.

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Why the childhood obesity prevention movement is still struggling.

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Why is the Obama administration still putting taxpayer dollars into abstinence-only sex education? One journalist examines the issue.

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In a controversial JAMA essay, Dr. Paul Offit says taxpayers are spending millions on federal research into misguided alternative medicine treatments. Why are we still doing it?

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How do you sort through the cacophony of health conversations taking place on Twitter? Healthcare hashtags can help.

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From nocturnists to Medicaid babies, a sampling of story ideas from the 2012 AHCJ health journalism conference in Atlanta.

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You’d hope organ donors would be dead beyond any doubt when their organs are harvested, but in his new book, Dick Teresi argues that they may not be dead enough.

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