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Avandia: Fortune’s Shelly Dubois analyzes why the FDA “maimed” the diabetes drug Avandia but didn’t permanently pull it off the market, as its European Union counterpart did. Quote of the day: “Avandia lives on in these United States as a zombie shell of its former top blockbuster self.”

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Some of heath care reform's provisions went into effect today -- to acclaim and criticism, but mostly just explanation. Here's a rundown of coverage in the ReportingonHealth community.

8 changes, 7 caveats: http://www.reportingonhealth.org/users/macwrite"

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Birth Control: Now that the new “morning after” contraception pill known as ella is on the market, will pharmacists dispense it? Some may not, according to the Washington Post’s The Checkup health blog. 

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Kid Insurance: HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius may have called on states to get cracking on insuring more poor kids, but the states are responding: with what money? American Medical News has the story.

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Achoo: A small but intriguing new study suggests that a common cold virus is linked to childhood obesity. In San Diego, KPBS’ Kenny Goldberg has the story.

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Beat It: Apologies for the corny King of Pop reference, but I had no choice. PLoS Medicine published a study this week that demonstrates the value of being a specialized health reporter.

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Uninsured: More than 50 million Americans have no health insurance, according to new U.S. Census data. Kaiser Health News has a convenient roundup of the media coverage.

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Mental Illness: Is it becoming fashionable to be bipolar? British Medical Journal blogger Julian Sheather investigates.

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Nutrition: Another label to remember when you go to the supermarket: “corn sugar” – that’s apparently what high-fructose corn syrup makers want to call their product now. Surprisingly, high-fructose corn syrup isn’t as nutritionally evil as it’s been made to be, the New York Times’ Tara Parker-Pope reports.

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Outliers: A cautionary tale for health journalists: GoozNews’ Merrill Goozner details how an error of adjustment in the Dartmouth Atlas skewed media coverage of supposedly sky-high leg amputation rates in McAllen, Texas.

Mobile Health: NetworkWorld’s Paul McNamara takes issue with a new survey showing that 40 percent of us would pay for health care apps or services on our mobile devices.

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