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As Patricia Anstett retires after 30 years at the Detroit Free Press, she shares key lessons from her years of medical reporting.

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Reporters investigating the impact of valley fever in California dug up striking information about the disease's financial costs to taxpayers. Here's how they did it.

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A noted scientist examines shaky science in a New York Times op-ed about autism. Do science and scientific arguments have a place in op-eds at all?

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A just-about-ready-for-prime-time interactive atlas from the CDC can be a great resource for your work.

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When I started writing about questionable pain statistics, a weightlifting friend asked: “What is chronic pain defined as?” That depends on whom you ask.

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How do you get access to death records? Leave your desk, for starters.

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With its many intimate subjects--poverty, abuse, homelessness--this series has made me a more honest reporter.

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How can journalists work better with patients to tell their stories? Here's advice from one experienced patient.

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How do you sort through the cacophony of health conversations taking place on Twitter? Healthcare hashtags can help.

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From nocturnists to Medicaid babies, a sampling of story ideas from the 2012 AHCJ health journalism conference in Atlanta.

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