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It’s not easy for journalists to undertake testing on humans, nor should it be. But there are stories and situations where it is definitely warranted. Veteran journalist Janet Wilson draws from her own reporting experience to offer tips for your own work.

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Journalist Paul Kleyman, who has covered aging issues for more than 20 years, offers tips for covering aging as health reform gets underway.

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Interviewing scientists, researchers and health care professionals can be challenging: reporters walk a fine line between representing their work accurately and applying appropriate, analytical skepticism. Get interviewing tips from Career GPS.

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Someone at the Washington Post is having a very bad day today. As Gawker reports, a health story went live on the newspaper’s website with all of the editor’s comments in it. The story was quickly pulled down, but Gawker helpfully pasted the entire story on its site beforehand.

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As 2011 unfolds, I’d like to share some of my favorite health journalism – some but not all of it policy-related – from 2010. This is definitely not a best-of list, but rather journalism that can inspire and teach us.  Here are my first five picks, and below are my second five, in no particular order of importance. Do you have other recommendations for must-read health journalism from last year? Share it in the comments below.

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Last week, I started listing Antidote’s 10 favorite stories of the past year, in no particular order. Here is the rest of the list.

Dialysis: High Costs and Hidden Perils of a Treatment Guaranteed to All,” Robin Fields, ProPublica, November 2010

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Karen Weintraub, a former editor at The Boston Globe, offers tips for editing health and science stories — and deciding what not to cover.

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It’s always good to get a statistics refresher if you cover any kind of health research. Erika Franklin Fowler, an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University, offered some tips on Saturday to California Endowment Health Journalism Fellows gathered for a seminar in Los Angeles. (Click here for her complete presentation.)

Here are some basic questions Fowler suggests journalists should ask before diving in to cover a medical study:

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We have a guest post today from Ivan Oransky, executive editor of Reuters Health and co-author of the newish Embargo Watch and Retraction Watch blogs. Here, he has some tips for dealing with embargoed medical research.

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Environmental health reporting sheds light on some of the most important decisions a person can make – about their health, their ability to have children, the health of their children, the health of their world. But first you have to get the story right.

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