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Drug Shortages Send Some Hospitals Scrambling

Drug Shortages Send Some Hospitals Scrambling

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Here's what we're checking out at Reporting on Health today:

Teen Births: The popularity of the reality show Teen Mom notwithstanding, teen births in the real world have once again started to decline, dipping 8 percent between 2007 and 2009.

Children's Health: How does kids' health in your state stack up nationwide? A new interactive map from the Commonwealth Fund offers some answers.

Health Reform: Some states have stopped implementing the new health reform law after a federal judge's ruling earlier this week, while others are still moving ahead. What is your state doing?  

Drug Shortages: Hospitals around the nation are critically short of some generic drugs for cancer and other conditions. Are your communities' hospitals affected?

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The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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