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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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Here's what we're reading about today, from genetically modified mosquitos to an epic Facebook fail:

Facebook: This is pretty awful: A Long Beach, Calif. hospital has fired several nurses for posting pictures of a nearly-decapitated emergency room patient on Facebook.

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PRAYER: Is a new study on the apparent power of hands-on prayer to improve hearing and sight of disabled Africans really getting this much media attention? Say it ain’t so! So far, the Los Angeles Times Booster Shots blogs offers the best context and caveats.

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Air Quality: Here’s one instance where wealth isn’t linked to health: ScienceDaily reports on a study finding that homes in both poor and affluent California communities had similarly high levels of endocrine disruptors. These disruptors can affect the endocrine system and lead to fertility and infant development problems among other health risks.

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Medical Errors: The Columbia Journalism Review lauds the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for publishing Jeremy Kohler’s and Blythe Bernhard’s  account of how difficult it was to investigate a Missouri surgeon who removed the wrong kidney from a patient in 2007.  

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Snail spit: This could be the best trade headline of the year: Non-addictive Painkiller Made From Snail Spit Now Comes in a Pill.

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For your Monday, some items to keep you busy this week:

Big Decision: Mary Carmichael has a "DNA Dilemma" over at her Newsweek blog. She begins a week-long social media-heavy process to decide whether or not to take a direct-to-consumer genetic test:

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Hawking Health Reform:  Actor Andy Griffith, best known for Matlock and The Andy Griffith Show, has been hired by the federal government to pitch seniors on the merits of health reform. A national ad will air on the Weather Channel, Hallmark and other channels older folks like. (Thanks to Gawker for this one).

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Transplant: Kudos to Reuters Health reporter Frederik Joelving for exposing a New York Post story about alleged “Bronx wife-killer” Joey Concepcion getting a liver transplant as flat-out wrong. Will heads roll at the Post? The Village Voice has a great wrap-up – with some unanswered questions – on the fiasco.

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Here’s what we’re reading (and watching) today:

Generics: Veteran journalist Merrill Goozner (whose GoozNews blog should be on your regular reading list) reports on a study showing how Medicaid could switch more patients to generics to save money. Many of Medicaid’s 45 million recipients are still using brand name drugs long after generics become available. What’s happening in your state’s Medicaid program?

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