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Barbara Feder Ostrov's Health Journalism Blog

Veteran health journalist Barbara Feder Ostrov blogs about all things health journalism-related, in particular providing tips for reporters covering health policy, health reform, public health, community health, local health issues, access to care, health insurance, SCHIP, Medicaid and Medicare.

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Who's interested in opening a new community health clinic in your area? An obscure list of new health reform grants to more than 100 nonprofits around the nation offers some clues. This is a great way to report on health reform's rollout locally.

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Are any hospitals in your community going bankrupt? You might want to scrutinize their real reasons for filing Chapter 11 or Chapter 7.

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Science and medicine blogger Orac weighs in on the new pandemic movie "Contagion," and alternative medicine bloggers in both movie and real life don't fare too well.

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Doctors, guns and free speech; a new way to combat obesity in Michigan; and an unlikely health reform coalition, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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The recent public health warnings to be on guard for West Nile virus in the wake of hurricane-turned-tropical storm Irene made me wonder: is there a link between hurricanes and other big storms and the mosquito-borne disease? 

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As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, it’s time to highlight some recent studies and media coverage of the long-term health impacts of the attacks.

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Under health reform, states can apply for grants from a new $15 billion fund for prevention and public health. Is your state or community getting its fair share — and how well is it using the money? Here are five tips for tracking this important community health topic.

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Check out our webinar on mining California hospital data for great stories with Charles Ornstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with ProPublica.

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Amid ongoing debates over health budget cuts and health reform, the continuing story of racial health disparities is drawing renewed attention in California and nationwide. Get the background and some resources for your reporting.

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The Institute of Medicine has released a sweeping new report on vaccine risks, noting that adverse effects are rare but exist — and knocking down, once again, the misconception that vaccines “cause” autism. But it will it make any difference in easing public fears of vaccines?

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