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The Reporting on Health Daily Briefing

News you can (and should) use: our curated daily collection of ideas and resources for your work, plus some fun stuff.

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Drug shortages in Greece cause chaos, what's ahead for homeless man attacked by face-eating "zombie," and waiting for a tobacco tax vote in Calif., plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Cartoon reforms, refunds from insurance companies, partisan wrangling, putting the poor in the path of pollution and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Big money in Calif. tobacco tax battle, big growth in palliative care, and big turf battles between dentists and "dental therapists," plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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A ban on Big Gulp sodas in New York, High-fructose corn syrup, cancer treatments, junk foods and dieting.

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Innovative health reforms in Oregon, new recommendations on hormones for women, an intensive treatement for hypertension, the spread of Chagas disease and more from our Daily Briefing.

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How a ruse to catch Osama Bin Laden hurts global health, misleading campaign ads about Medicare, and tax-exempt hospitals as targets, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Radioactive tuna, DSM controversy, online patient's groups and more from our Daily Briefing.

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A juice manufacturer fights back, states spending little on tobacco prevention, apologies for Nazi-era medical atrocities and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Unnecessary angioplasties, friendlier relations between insurers and care providers, hospitals that cater to the patient rather than focusing purely on the disease, and more from our Daily Briefing. 

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Public health officials go after an anti-vaccine article, the lifelong effects of long commutes, and calls to regulate dangerous flame retardants, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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