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posted 06/19/2013

After Hurricane Katrina triggered the collapse of New Orleans’s public health system, shuttering 13 of 16 acute care hospitals, the city has reformed how it cares for residents, making it a model for disaster preparedness.

posted 06/19/2013

Much has been written about the overall impacts of climate change. Still, there is a big chunk of the story that’s under-reported: how will it impact our health.

posted 11/20/2011

California has been in the forefront of the move to implement the Obama Administration's new health care reform legislation. But the state is also in the midst of a terrible budget crisis, and is trying to cut already low Medicaid rates even lower.  "If this is supposed to be the bellwether state for health reform," asks Noam Levey, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, "what does it say for everyone else?"

posted 11/19/2011

Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Charles Ornstein of ProPublica offers tips on finding just the right patient anecdotes to transform your reporting into compelling stories, and how to avoid embarrassing mistakes.

posted 10/08/2011

Clearly, I don't have access to Jobs' medical records and this is all pure speculation. But there was an interesting article in this week's Newsweek by Sharon Begley that raises the issue that the treatments Jobs embarked on for his illness may have in fact hastened his demise.

posted 08/25/2011

Linda Marsa writes about a research team that's received more than $7 million from the Gates Foundation to study an approach that may eventually eliminate dengue fever—and possibly other vector-borne diseases.

posted 06/14/2011

At what point will our planet become too darn hot? Scientists are now saying that if we don't do anything about curbing carbon emissions, temperatures in the next few decades could rise so high so fast that many regions of the Earth will become inhabitable.

posted 01/27/2011

Think floods like the ones in Pakistan and Australia can't happen in California?  Think again, say government researchers.

posted 09/28/2010

Cook Stoves Save Lives: Why Hillary Clinton's new indoor stove initiative will help stop global warming

Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $50 million in seed money to supply fuel efficient indoor stoves for women in Africa. When you think of the mega-billions that are spent on endless wars, it's refreshing to see that what the DOD would consider chump change is being earmarked for a worthy project that will save tens of millions of lives, improve the health of millions more—and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Houstonians may experience a public health crisis many orders of magnitude worse than the... more »
posted 09/21/17
Allergic disorders, including asthma and allergies, are one of the leading causes of chronic... more »
posted 08/21/13
A controversial UC Berkeley study released earlier this month that found rising temperatures can... more »
posted 08/14/13

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Posted by Linda Marsa | Thursday, 2011-10-20, 15:29
One more thing. In an interview scheduled to be broadcast on "60 Minutes" this Sunday, Walter...
Posted by Linda Marsa | Thursday, 2011-10-20, 13:06
Hi Carolyn and Ron: First, thanks for the kind words, Ron. Carolyn, my remarks were certainly...
Posted by Linda Marsa | Thursday, 2011-10-20, 08:20