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Daily Briefing: Health Apps, Medicaid Costs and Elderly Mental Health

Daily Briefing: Health Apps, Medicaid Costs and Elderly Mental Health

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E-Health: The FDA has determined that some medical apps will require review, and will clarify how it intends to deal with them by the end of the year, reports Rob Stein for NPR.

Medicaid: Some state policy makers are worried that expanding access to Medicaid, even with the federal government paying the lion’s share, will break their budgets, reports Julie Rovner for NPR.

Mental Health: A report from the Institute of Medicine warns that there will not be enough clinicians trained to deal with the mental health needs of the elderly as baby boomers age, reports Christian Torres for Kaiser Health News.

Infectious Disease: A plan to reduce dengue fever in the Florida Keys by releasing genetically-modified mosquitoes is meeting opposition in the form of an online petition. Nearly 90,000 people have signed up to protest the release of sterilized male mosquitoes, reports Ed Pilkington for the Guardian.

Flame Retardants: A bill is in the works to restrict the flame-retardant chemicals used in furniture and other household products, reports Michael Hawthorne for the Chicago Tribune. 

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The Center for Health Journalism’s two-day symposium on domestic violence will provide reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The first day will take place on the USC campus on Friday, March 17. The Center has a limited number of $300 travel stipends for California journalists coming from outside Southern California and a limited number of $500 travel stipends for those coming from out of state. Journalists attending the symposium will be eligible to apply for a reporting grant of $2,000 to $10,000 from our Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund. Find more info here!


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