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CPR for Dummies, HuffPo Science and the "Killer Transplant" News Fiasco: The ReportingonHealth Daily Briefing

CPR for Dummies, HuffPo Science and the "Killer Transplant" News Fiasco: The ReportingonHealth Daily Briefing

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Here's what we're reading today:

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.

CPR for Dummies: A new study finds that chest compression without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is just as effective as traditional CPR in saving heart attack victims. Apparently the mouth-to-mouth part may only be needed for children, drowning victims or people with respiratory problems. Some emergency response agencies testing the new CPR "lite" have found it saves lives. What's happening in your community?

Uninsured: The number of uninsured people varies widely from state to state and even among counties according to newly released U.S. Census data from 2007, signaling some of the impact health reforms might have starting in 2014.. Those stats don't include all the people who lost jobs and insurance after the recession began, though. It's worth checking out the stats in your state and county, which you can do here.

HuffPo Science: Over at Respectful Insolence, medical blogger Orac delivers a stinging smackdown to much of the Huffington Post's science and health writing and examines why a science section at the news and opinion site might not be such a great idea.

Nursing Homes: A federal judge in Chicago slaps a nursing home chain for trying to scare psychiatric patients into staying in their facilities rather than moving into supportive community housing. Officials reportedly left the impression that patients could be left homeless and hungry if they didn't stay. Nice.

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