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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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Health Reform: KBUR’s Common Health Blog’s Carey Goldberg finds “nuggets” that can serve as great health reform story ideas in a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how health care reform has affected Massachusetts.

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Superbug: In his Neurotribes blog, Wired’s Steve Silberman details how the media has gotten the Acinetobacter superbug story all wrong with potentially disastrous consequences.

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Research: Poor meta-analyses: they’re often bashed for mashing together a bunch of studies that don’t really belong together, leading to suspect conclusions. Current Medicine TV features an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality researcher talking about how the federal  agency decides which meta-analyses are good and which are junk.  

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Foreclosures: Heart palpitations, insomnia, acid reflux: foreclosures can make you sick, according to a new report covered by the San Francisco’s Victoria Colliver.

Flawed Polls: Political science professor Terry Jones examines flaws in media coverage of health care polls in the St. Louis Journalism Review.  

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Meridia: Sales of the weight loss drug Meridia might be about to go on a diet. New England Journal of Medicine editors are calling for it to be pulled off the market in the wake of a new study documenting its risks.

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Breast Cancer: Not fun, but it works: preemptively removing the ovaries or breasts of women who carry either of the two BRCA breast cancer genes can help save the women’s lives even if they’ve already been diagnosed with cancer, according to a new study. The Los Angeles Times’ Thomas H. Maugh has the story.

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Nutrition: We don’t need no stinkin’ nutrition facts. Just let me eat my 845-calorie taco salad in peace, okay?

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Prison Health: In our online chat TODAY at 11 a.m. PST., get tips on covering prison health from KPCC’s Julie Small, whose “Prison Affliction” investigation has been airing this week.

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Prison Health: KPCC‘s Julie Small talks about how she reported her “Prison Affliction” series airing this week. Please join us for ReportingonHealth’s online chat with Julie Thursday at 11 a.m. PST.

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