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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

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October 16, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 12:00am

Take a look at this week's jobs opportunities, which include positions at DailyMail.com, California Healthline/Kaiser Health News, The Craig Daily Press, and American Heart Association, among others.

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October 16, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Across the country, patients who receive out-of-network care can face “exorbitant” charges for medical services compared to Medicare’s rates for the same procedures, and the prices can vary dramatically. But what explains these differences? It depends on who you ask.

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October 15, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00am

C-sections have been in the news a lot lately, and the seemingly conflicting messages are enough to sow confusion. But the fact remains that the procedure is way too common in the majority of hospitals throughout the country. And that has consequences for both moms' health and health care costs.

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October 15, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:00am

If you are pregnant and considering where to give birth to your child, what matters most to you? Probably not the quality measures used to calculate the ratings at California Healthcare Compare, a new online tool that allows consumers to compare health care prices and quality.

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October 09, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:00am

The deadline is coming up for ReportingOnHealth.org's new all-expenses-paid Fellowship in December 2015. Plus new job openings at POLITICO and Woman's Day.

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October 09, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:36pm

"Are there periods of time when you have racing thoughts? Fly off the handle at little things? Spend out of control? Need less sleep? Feel irritable? You may need treatment for bipolar disorder," read print ads in major magazines for Seroquel when it was first approved for bipolar disorder.

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October 08, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:42am

How much does prosperity mitigate race-based health disparities? Orange County's African-American community is relatively wealthy and has a high rate of access to medical care, particularly compared to other ethnic communities in the area. Yet blacks fare worse on a number of key health outcomes.

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October 08, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:00am

The idea that childhood trauma and adversity can become embedded in the body and shape one's health decades later is not new. But a recent study throws the idea into stark relief: Even when psychological distress disappears by adulthood, the elevated risk of chronic disease remains.

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October 08, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 4:00am

Vox is searching for a health and science editor, while Reporting on Health is looking for a new community editor. These jobs and more in this week's roundup. And California journalists, don't forget to check out our California Health Data Journalism Fellowship — the deadline to apply is Oct. 16.

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October 02, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 4:00am

When it comes to getting kids into health coverage, the numbers have never been better. By the first quarter of 2015, the percentage of kids without insurance was less than 5 percent. But despite the gains made in improving children’s coverage, big challenges remain on the horizon.

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October 02, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 4:00am

Out-of-network "surprise bills" are a growing problem. Patients think they're staying in their coverage network only to receive a bill for thousands of dollars after a procedure from, say, an anesthesiologist who wasn't included in their plan. So far, proposed solutions have proven controversial.

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October 01, 2015 | 0 comments
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:03am

OSEIVIEWS’s investigations have revealed that several doctors and nurses in Ghana’s health facilities are abusing Pethidine, a strong painkiller that has the components of heroin and cocaine. The only Psychiatrist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Dr. Gordon Donnir who confirmed this

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October 01, 2015 | 0 comments
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 4:00am

This year alone, I have learned of three doctors, two of whom I personally know and one who I went to medical school with, being disciplined by the Medical Board of California. They're all men. Likewise, a recent study found male doctors were more likely to be disciplined. What's going on here?

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September 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 4:00am

By now you’ve heard about the launch of the new California Healthcare Compare website, which allows users to compare cost and quality on common procedures throughout the state. Less noted, however, are some of the site’s serious limitations. Bill Heisel breaks them down for us.

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September 29, 2015 | 0 comments

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