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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:58pm

I was fairly young when my grandfather was diagnosed with depression. I didn’t understand how he could be so sad when he had such a large, loving family and a seemingly happy life. To some extent, I blamed my grandfather; I didn’t understand what was really happening was a chemical imbalance out of

November 03, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 3:00am

Government decisions affect health, but we often don't realize it. Even stories that do examine how our environments shape health and wellbeing don’t always zero in on the specific policies contributing to those conditions. ChangeLab Solutions' Rebecca Johnson explains.

November 02, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:30am

Health insurance premium hikes have been modest in recent years, but out-of-pockets costs are another story. Our Thursday webinar on "Out of Pocket: Surprise Costs After Health Reform" offered a primer on the trends and a host of story ideas for reporting on these topics.

October 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Bloomberg needs a Consumer Health Reporter. Plus, check out open positions at Herald & Review, Senior Living Executive Magazine and BioPharm Insight.

October 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 4:00am

Just in time for Halloween, a frightful new study lends further support to the idea that calories from sugar are more likely to worsen metabolic health. This comes close on the heels of news reports that Mexico's 2013 tax on soft drinks has lowered soda sales there.

October 29, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1:44am

Hyderabad Sindh; Hurmain Ashrif, ten, was discouraged by her own family and the neighbors for no other reason than her handicap. But it has changed now. As she has begun to learn how to study they have a new hope that she now won’t be reliant on them for the whole of her life....

October 29, 2015 | 2 comments
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 3:14pm

When small business owners in Santa Cruz, California, shared their frustration about the Affordable Care Act hiking their health insurance premiums by 85%, commentator Rush Limbaugh noticed, mentioning my story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel twice in his broadcast.

October 27, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 4:00am

Dr. Gupta was performing a procedure in which a pacemaker is inserted through a patient's blood vessels. But he skipped a key step, and the patient's condition steadily worsened. The case is a reminder that the skills a physician has earlier in their career don’t always remain sharp toward the end.

October 27, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 4:00am

We journalists name and often unwittingly frame debates, nudging our readers one way or another. As the recent passage of California's "End of Life Option Act" illustrated, sometimes there aren't any elegant escapes from politically loaded language.

October 26, 2015 | 2 comments
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Brie Zeltner and Rachel Dissel are putting the issue of lead poisoning in children back on the map, publishing a deeply reported series of stories on the issue this week. The ambitious project is worth a closer look.

October 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:00am

Apply for's senior health editor opening or the editor position at & Plus, make sure to check out our the upcoming Webinar: ‘Out of Pocket: Surprise Costs After Health Reform.’

October 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00am

In a watershed development on Tuesday, the American Cancer Society announced it was backtracking on its aggressive breast cancer screening recommendations. The new guidelines are much more aligned with the practice of Slow Medicine, and they should change how we talk to patients about screening.

October 22, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 4:00am

Last week, columnist William Heisel criticized the new California Healthcare Compare's website for how it rates hospitals on childbirth, noting that the tool focused too heavily on C-sections and breastfeeding. This week, he offers five indicators that would give potential patients a fuller picture.

October 20, 2015 | 0 comments
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 4:00am

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published a landmark study by CDC researchers on the safety of dietary supplements. The new study stands as a strong challenge to our current regulatory framework, as our Slow Medicine contributors explain.

October 19, 2015 | 1 comments
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 10:35am

“Research” establishing the flame retardant chemical deca (Deca-BDE ) as safe can be traced to just 12 blood samples obtained in 1988 and “spun” by a consulting company hired by chemical makers. The toxicologist who analyzed and disseminated the research, Dennis Paustenbach, is known for his resear

October 16, 2015 | 0 comments



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