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Friday, September 4, 2009 - 2:03pm

I wanted to share a story I wrote about a local author who published a memoir on her struggles with bipolar disorder. I interviewed her about her book, "Bipolar Girl: My Psychotic Self," which is a frank and detailed account of what it was like growing up in a traditional Mexican-American family that did not possess a "manual" for how to handle her illness, and her own struggle to accept her illness.

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September 04, 2009 | 0 comments
Friday, September 4, 2009 - 3:00am

My former colleague at the Los Angeles Times, Myron Levin, played an important role in unearthing new information about cell phone use and car accidents.

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September 04, 2009 | 0 comments
Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 1:30pm

I've been meaning to write about a great Aug. 9 Denver Post article I read while on a trip to that city.

Reporter Karen Augé examined the controversial health policy issues surrounding doctor-owned hospitals in the wake of a death of a young woman at Colorado Orthopaedic and Surgical Hospital.

Here's how she opens the story:

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September 03, 2009 | 0 comments
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 9:17am

It’s been five years since I started navigating the waters of social
media. I was trying to get a feel for what others were seeing in
MySpace, so I joined it and I soon joined Facebook too. Flickr,
YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites were part of the plethora of
social media destinations I visited periodically. They all had one
thing in common: they allowed me to socialize and share with others
online.

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September 02, 2009 | 0 comments
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 3:00am

Medical malpractice cases can live or die on the testimony of an expert witness. Defense
attorneys will go after the expert's credentials with every tool in their kit.

One would think that plaintiff's attorneys suing the federal government on behalf of a
patient would make sure they had a doctor with impeccable experience ready to take the stand and bolster the patient's case.

Instead, they hired Dr. Alex T. Zakharia.

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September 02, 2009 | 0 comments
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 3:40pm

How are California's community health clinics faring amid the state's most brutal health budget cuts in decades? That's one topic that's seen little coverage recently as journalists focus on national health reform.

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September 01, 2009 | 0 comments
Monday, August 31, 2009 - 12:13pm

"It is not often that you are aware of the revolution right while you are in the midst of it. But we are," says Alicia C. Shepard, ombudsman at National Public Radio. And with those changes come a host of challenges for journalists working in a fast-changing climate, she recently told a group of broadcasters participating in The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships.

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August 31, 2009 | 0 comments
Monday, August 31, 2009 - 3:00am

Johnson & Johnson — maker of tearless baby shampoo and sugarless sugar — has devised another innovation: the time-traveling scientist.

This may sound astonishing, true believers, but read on!

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August 31, 2009 | 1 comments
Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 12:53pm

Howard I read your article "MSM fact-checking of Sarah Palin." Let's be honest about this entire exercise of 'Examining' Sarah Palin, and that is what many in the MSM are attempting to do here. If Sarah Palin had written the words "Complete Lives System" on her Facebook page in place of the "Death Panels", Sarah Palin would not be part of the healthcare debate. If the MSM didn't think they had a "GOTCHA" story on her they would not have acted, to my knowledge, in a unprecedented manner reaching out to a Facebook page to make National News.

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August 27, 2009 | 0 comments
Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 3:00am

Sheila Himmel, an award-winning food writer and restaurant reviewer for the San Jose Mercury News, loved to eat. Then her daughter became anorexic, forever changing Himmel's relationship with food and her identity as a journalist. In Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia, Himmel and her daughter Lisa examine how their family coped with Lisa's serious eating disorder.

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August 27, 2009 | 0 comments
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 11:53am

Let's assume that Dr. Conrad Murray did not kill Michael Jackson.

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August 25, 2009 | 0 comments
Monday, August 24, 2009 - 2:57pm

The worldwide diabetes epidemic threatens to make today's children the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.

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August 24, 2009 | 0 comments
Monday, August 24, 2009 - 3:00am

What drives someone with a strong scientific reputation to cut a secret deal with a drug company for ghostwriting help just to have one more paper published?

Let's ask.

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August 24, 2009 | 0 comments
Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 10:42pm

In December of 2005, an elementary school in Addyston, Ohio was closed permanently after officials at Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency found enough chemicals in the air to pose a risk of cancer 50 times higher than the regulators considered acceptable.

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August 22, 2009 | 0 comments

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