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In July, I wrote about a “jaw-dropping” press release about California’s astonishing rise in whooping cough cases.

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What is air pollution doing to our kids? If you live in L.A. County, and especially if you’ve driven back to the Los Angeles basin from somewhere else, you’ve seen it. A steely brown haze hangs over us for much of the year. We live in the smoggiest region in the United States (according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District), but for those raising children here it may not be top of mind. In some parts of the county, moms claw their way onto waiting lists for the “right” preschool while they are still pregnant. Concerns about finding the right neighborhood, the right school, about keeping kids away from gangs and drugs or getting them to turn off the Xbox and do some homework tend to take center stage. The air we breathe gets plenty of media coverage, but we tend to consider it more of an inconvenience than an emergency.

Yet at every stage of children’s lives – from their time in the womb until they’re ready to leave the nest – the pollution in the air impacts their health. 2010 California Health Journalism Fellow Christina Elston reports.

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Why are parents still giving their toddlers OTC cough medicine? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing

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Doctors and bloggers slam Huffington Post for wacky health theories, unhealthy journalism in wake of AOL merger, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Which consumer health website was dubbed a "hypochondria time suck?" Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Are hospitals in your community affected by nationwide shortages of certain drugs? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing!

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For a field rooted in fact and reason, science sure loves witchcraft.

One of the most common responses to the decade-long effort to hold Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues accountable for creating one of the biggest public health scares in modern history – linking autism to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine – is to call the effort a “witch hunt.”

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This may be the biggest children’s study you’ve barely heard of: a massive, $2.7 billion examination of 100,000 American children’s health and development. Did I mention it’s supposed to last 25 years?

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Health writers too often take patient stories at face value and don't ask for medical records.

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Doctors at some universities are still getting lucrative speaking gigs from Big Pharma, and more from our Daily Briefing.

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