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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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As Southern food "queen" Paula Deen announces she has Type 2 diabetes, we ask: do celebrity chefs have a responsibility to help people eat more healthfully?

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The Consumer Electronics Show's Digital Health Summit this week focused on new apps and devices for obesity. But are they merely digital ThighMasters, soon to be tossed by unmotivated consumers? 

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What's happening to tobacco control programs in your state? Nothing good, according to a new report. Get story ideas for reporting on smoking prevention.

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Blog carnivals can be a great way to stay informed about topics in health, medicine and journalism. Here are some worth following.

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Here's the final batch of my favorite health stories from 2011. Happy New Year!

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As 2012 approaches, here is some of my favorite health journalism of the past year, with hopes that it will inform and inspire.

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A journal editor responds to criticisms about controversial research that linked infant deaths to fallout from Japan's earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

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The press release made a startling claim: researchers had linked radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster to 14,000 deaths in the United States, with infants hardest hit. How can journalists evaluate the credibility of such a claim?

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As new controversial restrictions on the Plan B morning pill disappear from the headlines, it's worth asking: how truly available is emergency contraception in your own community?

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A federal transportation safety agency is urging states to ban all cellphone use in cars — even if it's hands free. Get tips for reporting on the health aspects of what's likely to be a hot issue in 2012.

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