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October 28, 2010 | 7 comments

For the last week I have been mulling over the name heart failure, questioning why the collective conditions that bear its name ever got such a name, and looking into the very murky area... more

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October 28, 2010 | 0 comments

Here’s what we’re checking out today:

“Liberal” Gene? Researchers are suggesting that the gene DRD4, which had previously been linked to risk-taking behavior,... more

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October 28, 2010 | 4 comments

Most of the time, when we are talking about television and other media influencing body image, we are talking about the pretty, skinny women. In this case, a controversy was started by a new... more

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October 27, 2010 | 0 comments

After my story about the $2,391 per month health insurance premium, I got an email from a teacher in the Mountain School District. She writes, "Teachers in Santa Cruz County are facing similar... more

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October 27, 2010 | 0 comments

It's a bit afield from our usual reporting, but a dead body in Los Angeles' landmark Millennium Biltmore Hotel, dozens of cops and hundreds of singing and dancing would-be celebs swirled through... more

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October 27, 2010 | 0 comments

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Heart Health: More American adults are taking medication to lower their blood pressure, but the number of... more

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October 27, 2010 | 0 comments

Health reporters may be entering a season of scary airline food stories.

After years of paying too little attention to the quality and safety of food being served in airplanes, the U.S.... more

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October 26, 2010 | 0 comments

If you haven’t seen this Kaiser Family Foundation health reform video yet, you should. Aside from being quite cute, it’s a fairly even-... more

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October 26, 2010 | 0 comments

My editor forwarded me an e-mail from a reader, 55, frustrated that PacifiCare raised the cost of his policy to nearly $2,400 a month.

When the California governor's office sent out an... more

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October 26, 2010 | 0 comments

Here’s what we’re checking out today:

HuffPo Health: Orac of the Respectful Insolence blog... more

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October 25, 2010 | 0 comments

Here we were, a couple dozen reporters from some of the best, sharpest news outlets around the state, veteran journalists with a nose for news and a passion for learning how we could improve,... more

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October 25, 2010 | 0 comments

Here’s what we’re checking out today:

Bad Boys: FiercePharma has put together a slideshow of... more

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October 25, 2010 | 7 comments

When a fire starts in a hotel room, guests can pull an alarm and let everyone know they should head for the stairs.

When cars pile up on the freeway, police set up barriers to keep more... more

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October 23, 2010 | 1 comments

When Charles Ornstein talks about how to cover hospital quality, people tend to listen. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles... more

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October 23, 2010 | 3 comments

It’s always good to get a statistics refresher if you cover any kind of health research. Erika Franklin Fowler, an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University, offered some tips on... more

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