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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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The impact of abortion on mental health, an end to some retiree health subsidies, and a postscript to the cantaloupe listeria outbreak, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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There’s plenty of of analysis, criticism and praise of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ controversial decision on the “morning after” contraceptive pill Plan B. Here's a look at the national conversation.

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Bad news for Plan B advocates, crazy sweet kids' cereals, breast cancer risks and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Nearly everyone knows someone who's been affected by mental illness. Get tips from one of California's leading mental health advocates on how to cover mental illness in your community - and how recent budget cuts are affecting services for the most vulnerable.

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A recent Detroit Free Press column illustrates what happens when you cut mental health services in a community: jails become the new mental hospitals. Unsurprisingly, they’re not very good ones.

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World AIDS Day means observances all over the globe. Instead of the usual event story, why not follow the money for HIV/AIDS treatment for people in your own community? Here are some tips.

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The Congressional supercommittee's failure to reach a deal could spell even harder times for health providers and agencies, from hospitals to AIDS treatment programs to doctors who treat Medicare patients. Here's a roundup of the analysis.

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As Occupy Wall Street protesters continue to clash with police in New York and elsewhere around the nation, a quieter Occupy Healthcare movement is burgeoning online in websites, blogs and Twitter chats. Here’s a closer look at this virtual protest.

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"Appetite for Profit" author Michele Simon unpacks what journalists got right — and wrong — about this week's school lunch nutritition controversy, and how to add more context to your reporting on the issue.

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After Walmart furiously backpedaled on a story about its ambitious plans to expand into basic health care, the journalists who got the scoop had some reporting to do. Here is what they learned.

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