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Lots of coverage today on a new study linking frequent indoor tanning with a higher risk of getting melanoma, one of the more deadly types of skin cancer. But why aren't more reporters also writing... more
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May 26, 2010 | 0 comments

What does it take for your record to be blemished if you’re a doctor in Florida?

Would attempting to have sex with a child leave a dent?

Apparently not.

As... more

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May 25, 2010 | 0 comments

At a conference like today's "Improving Health Literacy in Los Angeles," which focused on the sensitive issue of improving health literacy in some of Los Angeles' underserved communities, racial... more

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May 25, 2010 | 0 comments

The focus of today's conference, Improving Health Literacy in Los Angeles, was on ways in which medical providers can improve the community's understanding of health concerns and health care.

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May 25, 2010 | 0 comments

For journalists, the topic of health care disparities — particularly in Los Angeles — is a familiar concept. Exploring the discrepencies in care between various socioeconimic and ethnic groups... more

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May 25, 2010 | 0 comments

As one of the largest, most expansive cities in the country, Los Angeles faces huge challenges in getting out health-related messages that resonate with the city's myriad cultures. Lack of health... more

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As an intriguing community forum on health literacy gets underway at USC today, check out these great resources for learning about the subject provided by one of the forum’s organizers,... more

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May 24, 2010 | 1 comments

Blythe Bernhard and Jeremy Kohler at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have launched a series of stories called “Who protects the... more

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May 21, 2010 | 3 comments

This week, several newspapers across California published my investigative series focusing on the threats posed by nitrates in groundwater. The full stories with accompanying sidebar can be read... more

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May 21, 2010 | 0 comments

Melvin Baron has spent his career educating the public about health and medicine, first as a pharmacist and then as a... more

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May 21, 2010 | 3 comments

A new drug comes on the market that promises to improve people’s eyesight. “Clarivue! Make your cloudy days sunny again!”

Your editor says, “This Clarivue is like Viagra for eyeballs. It’s... more

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May 20, 2010 | 1 comments

Health Dialogues, a special series from KQED Public Radio exploring California health care issues, is seeking community voices to chronicle the health of their cities for our new blog,... more

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May 19, 2010 | 1 comments

Who hasn’t come home from work with a company pen in their pocket? Used the work printer for directions to a restaurant on a Friday afternoon? Answered a call from their mom on the company cell... more

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May 17, 2010 | 0 comments

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As the governor’s revised budget makes all too clear, California is in a world of hurt. The deepest recession since the Great Depression has... more

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So, California’s so-called “May revise” budget document is out, and as expected, the proposed cutbacks in health and social services programs are not pretty.... more



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