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December 04, 2009 | 0 comments

On Sunday, a four-part series a year in the making runs in the Bay Area News Group. As the science reporter for the chain, I teamed with health reporter Sandy Kleffman to report and write this... more

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December 04, 2009 | 0 comments

Bay Area News Group will begin a four part series on health inequities Sunday that will feature ZIP code maps revealing wide disparities in life expectancy, asthma hospitalizations, heart diease... more

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December 04, 2009 | 0 comments

It’s not as seductive as a candlelit bedroom.

But a dinner with medical colleagues after a board meeting can exert a powerful a pull on talented scientists flirting with the drug industry.... more

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December 03, 2009 | 0 comments

In 2008, Henry Schuster was "the new guy" at 60 Minutes. Everyone else at the show had already taken the big interviews, the politicians and bigwigs who would be at the center of many... more

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December 03, 2009 | 0 comments

Most unaccompanied refugee minors arrive in the U.S. with basic health issues that need to be addressed. Many are malnourished, having nearly starved on their journey to the States - and many have... more

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December 02, 2009 | 0 comments

We have a guest post today from Felice Freyer, veteran medical writer for the Providence Journal, member of the... more

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December 02, 2009 | 0 comments

For Mark Campano’s entire career as an anesthesiologist, other doctors worried that he was a bomb waiting to go off. They saw him showing up for work drowsy and agitated from weeks of caffeinated... more

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November 26, 2009 | 0 comments

A loophole in California law means that insurers could require you to take a genetic test to qualify for long-term care insurance – and potentially deny coverage based on the results.

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November 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Do you know how many hours there are in a week?

For doctors, the answer is on the tips of their tongues: 168 hours. As one medical resident recently put it to me, “When you are in residency... more

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November 24, 2009 | 0 comments

In the heated debate over the new routine mammogram screening recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, not enough... more

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November 23, 2009 | 0 comments

Blogs, twitters and daily print help keep us abreast of breaking news. But there's nothing like an old-fashioned book to get inside a big sweeping tale. In the summer of 2007, when I was a fellow... more

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November 23, 2009 | 0 comments

Diabetic children are in jeopardy of dying in the classroom due to a severe shortage of California registered school nurses. There are 15,000 school districts in California and less than 50... more

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November 23, 2009 | 1 comments

Have you ever worked on a story where you knew that you were just one source away from a blockbuster? But you could never find that one great document that spelled out the connections or that one... more

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November 20, 2009 | 0 comments

Most reporters never have the misfortune of being sued for libel. If they are, there are broad free speech protections in court precedent, especially in California, that make it unlikely a... more

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