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As an intriguing community forum on health literacy gets underway at USC today, check out these great resources for learning about the subject provided by one of the forum’s organizers,... more

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May 24, 2010 | 1 comments

Blythe Bernhard and Jeremy Kohler at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have launched a series of stories called “Who protects the... more

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May 21, 2010 | 3 comments

This week, several newspapers across California published my investigative series focusing on the threats posed by nitrates in groundwater. The full stories with accompanying sidebar can be read... more

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May 21, 2010 | 0 comments

Melvin Baron has spent his career educating the public about health and medicine, first as a pharmacist and then as a... more

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May 21, 2010 | 4 comments

A new drug comes on the market that promises to improve people’s eyesight. “Clarivue! Make your cloudy days sunny again!”

Your editor says, “This Clarivue is like Viagra for eyeballs. It’s... more

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May 20, 2010 | 1 comments

Health Dialogues, a special series from KQED Public Radio exploring California health care issues, is seeking community voices to chronicle the health of their cities for our new blog,... more

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May 19, 2010 | 1 comments

Who hasn’t come home from work with a company pen in their pocket? Used the work printer for directions to a restaurant on a Friday afternoon? Answered a call from their mom on the company cell... more

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May 17, 2010 | 0 comments

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As the governor’s revised budget makes all too clear, California is in a world of hurt. The deepest recession since the Great Depression has... more

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So, California’s so-called “May revise” budget document is out, and as expected, the proposed cutbacks in health and social services programs are not pretty.... more

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May 17, 2010 | 2 comments

Antidote’s posts over the past two weeks about reporting on risk stirred up some great discussion among journalists and scientists about how to best serve readers. Before launching into a... more

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May 14, 2010 | 0 comments
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I’d like to believe that dangling financial incentives in front of medical groups and doctors shouldn’t influence the quality of my health care for better or worse.

But they apparently do... more

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May 12, 2010

The news was good -- and not so good -- in today's just-released report from the Public Policy Institute of California on the health of California's foster care system. The report, Foster Care... more



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