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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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Get tips from public radio journalist Sasha Khokha on how to report on the links between air pollution and health in your community.

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Long before Conrad Murray was brought to trial for his role in Michael Jackson's death, Antidote blogger William Heisel reported extensively on the now-convicted doctor and his use of the sedative propofol. Check out his previous work here.

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Two stories about dentists published this month offer a revealing glimpse of the ongoing struggle of many Americans to access much-needed health care amid the economic downturn — and some ideas for your own reporting. 

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Is your community offering a medical respite program for homeless people being released from local hospitals? Journalist Isabelle Walker's coverage offers a compelling road map.

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As investigators finally trace a deadly listeria outbreak to melons from a Colorado packing shed, food safety expert Douglas Powell offers timely advice on covering food safety issues.

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The CDC has released its "season opener" flu surveillance report and the good news is that there could be record-setting supplies of flu vaccine in the U.S. Here are some tips for reporting on the 2011-2012 flu season.

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It’s worth checking in on some important health legislation recently signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown. These bills are expected to help Californians get better access to health care and to prepare the state for health reform.

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Even if you're not a fan of commemorative disease days or months, there are some intriguing story angles if you end up covering National Depression Screening Day this week. Here are ideas and resources.

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At the recent Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco, it was easy to get wrapped up in discussions of APIs and EMRs and data utility layers. But there's plenty of interesting stuff happening in the world of consumer health content, too.

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Under U.S. health reform, we’re supposed to need more physician assistants, nursing aides and other paraprofessionals to serve an influx of newly insured patients. But are the private, for-profit colleges who train nearly a third of these workers up to the task? Not necessarily.

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