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February 02, 2010 | 5 comments

The Medical Board of California broke its own rules and appointed a doctor who had been disciplined by the board to oversee the practice of an obstetrician now accused of negligence in a patient... more

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February 01, 2010 | 0 comments

While a weekend snowstorm raged in Washington, D.C., a small group of health care advocates gathered in a conference room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and were treated to a history lesson as well as... more

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February 01, 2010 | 2 comments

The FDA has been cracking down on companies claiming they can cure deadly diseases with unproven technologies, reminding health writers everywhere to be skeptical of the latest fads in alternative... more

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January 29, 2010 | 1 comments

When I was a kid, my parents gave me an Isaac Asimov book.  I don't remember which one, but it was non-fiction, and his way of engaging the reader directly... more

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January 29, 2010 | 0 comments

When you first start a health beat, visit the licensing agency for all the health facilities in your area. It will give you a great story or two out of the gate. It also will initiate a work... more

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January 28, 2010 | 0 comments

Many journalists trying to cover their county’s safety-net health care system find it confusing at first, what with its alphabet soup of DSH payments, FQHC and CHC clinics, SNCP funds and MISP... more

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January 26, 2010 | 4 comments

I have completed one of my projects for The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship. Last Wednesday, I produced an hour-long segment on ... more

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January 26, 2010 | 0 comments

One of the happiest moments of 2009 for me personally was when I found out I received a fellowship from the California Endowment to produce a video series on... more

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January 25, 2010 | 0 comments

When undergoing an invasive procedure, such as a colonoscopy or biopsy, patients trust that the equipment being used is clean.

Nurses often open syringe containers in front of patients to... more

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January 21, 2010 | 0 comments

One question that’s getting lost in all the chatter after Scott Brown’s historic election and Nancy Pelosi ‘s... more

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January 20, 2010 | 0 comments

So convoluted was Dr. Mark B. Kabins’ scheme to scam a patient he injured that you might need a whiteboard and several differently colored markers to make sense of it.

According to the... more

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January 19, 2010 | 0 comments

UPDATE: 9:54 p.m., Jan. 19

The phrase "stunning upset" doesn't even begin to capture the national political shockwaves as Republican Scott Brown... more

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January 18, 2010 | 0 comments

You might be alarmed at what you find in the bankruptcy records for a medical company or a physician. Here are a few things that have alarmed me.

  • Patient records, with birth dates and... more



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