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Dan Wood, the new PIO at California's Medical Board, isn't fazed by reporters' questions. After all, he used to ask the same ones.

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What do medical board information officers do, anyway? Antidote blogger William Heisel interviews a former journalist who's the new point man for the California Medical Board.

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It’s crazy enough that some states make certain records public while other states ban them from public view. Even crazier: in some states, every county has a different set of rules. Here's how one journalist coped.

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To show the value of making death records public, I'm asking health writers nationwide to join my quest to request death certificates from all 50 states. 

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When is a story important enough to warrant reporting on a cause of death? Do the deaths of famous people open an opportunity to raise public awareness about medical errors or other health threats? What about the person next door?

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Medicare is taking steps to make its database public to health insurers and other groups. Why aren't journalists included?

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Even a decade behind bars does not seem a fair punishment for snuffing out the King of Pop. Dr. Conrad Murray likely only serve two years for his role in Michael Jackson's death.

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Should doctors be checked for competence as they age, as elderly drivers are? A negligence case involving a 75-year-old obstetrician raises some tough questions.

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Victims of bad physician behavior everywhere are rubbing their eyes in disbelief today after Dr. Conrad Murray's conviction in the death of Michael Jackson. Here are five lessons from the case for regulatory agencies, prosecutors, patient advocates and journalists.

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Long before Conrad Murray was brought to trial for his role in Michael Jackson's death, Antidote blogger William Heisel reported extensively on the now-convicted doctor and his use of the sedative propofol. Check out his previous work here.

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