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Health Reform: It’s official: a federal judge finally rules that the new health reform law is constitutional. The ruling was hailed as a victory for the Obama administration because it’s the first to dismiss a constitutional challenge on its merits rather than a technicality. The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman has the story.

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Whooping Cough: In the wake of California’s worst pertussis epidemic in 60 years, a new state law requires kids aged 12-17 to get vaccinated for the disease before they enter school in 2011, reports Rong-Gong Lin II of the Los Angeles Times.

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CPR: No need for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation during CPR? Just chest compressions? New research suggests that approach might save more lives, reports The Wall St. Journal’s Jennifer Corbett Dooren.

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Weight Loss: Can someone please explain why a weight-loss/sleep study with only 10 participants is getting so much press? Kudos to Foodconsumer.org’s Rachel Howell Stockton for highlighting the limitations of the study while other media coverage hyperventilated.

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ER Care: The New York Times’ Lizette Alvarez spends a week in a Brooklyn emergency room and comes back with a beautifully-written distillation of what she saw.  

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Health Reform: California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a number of bills to move along health reform in the state, including the nation’s first state legislation to create health insurance exchanges. Check out the list of signed bills at Health Access’ blog.

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ADHD: Researchers find the first evidence that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is genetic, a finding that could lead to better treatment. Reuters’ Kate Kelland has the story.

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Sabotage: Science noir, indeed: Nature’s Brian Maher reports on a jaw-dropping case of medical research sabotage at the University of Michigan.

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Health Insurance: Ugh. A new Hewitt Associates report shows just how much our health premiums are expected to rise next year. The Los Angeles Times’ Duke Helfand has the details.

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Journalists’ Pfriend? Gary Schwitzer and Andrew Holtz weigh in on Pfizer’s sponsorship of a National Press Foundation education program about Alzheimer's, a disease for which Pfizer makes medications.

Medical Loss Ratios: If you’re wondering what these are, check out Merrill Goozner’s analysis of some recent proposed regulations on this key element of health reform.

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