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November 26, 2009 | 0 comments

A loophole in California law means that insurers could require you to take a genetic test to qualify for long-term care insurance – and potentially deny coverage based on the results.

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November 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Do you know how many hours there are in a week?

For doctors, the answer is on the tips of their tongues: 168 hours. As one medical resident recently put it to me, “When you are in residency... more

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November 24, 2009 | 0 comments

In the heated debate over the new routine mammogram screening recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, not enough... more

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November 23, 2009 | 0 comments

Blogs, twitters and daily print help keep us abreast of breaking news. But there's nothing like an old-fashioned book to get inside a big sweeping tale. In the summer of 2007, when I was a fellow... more

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November 23, 2009 | 0 comments

Diabetic children are in jeopardy of dying in the classroom due to a severe shortage of California registered school nurses. There are 15,000 school districts in California and less than 50... more

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November 23, 2009 | 1 comments

Have you ever worked on a story where you knew that you were just one source away from a blockbuster? But you could never find that one great document that spelled out the connections or that one... more

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November 20, 2009 | 0 comments

Most reporters never have the misfortune of being sued for libel. If they are, there are broad free speech protections in court precedent, especially in California, that make it unlikely a... more

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November 18, 2009 | 0 comments

This weekend, we ran a story that looked at Shasta County's high rates of hysterectomies and back surgeries, an important -- and touchy -- topic in our community given Redding... more

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November 18, 2009 | 0 comments


Some doctors crave distinction.

They carefully place their many diplomas and certificates on their wall to signal to patients that they are high achievers who can be trusted with... more

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November 17, 2009 | 0 comments

The change in U.S. mammogram screening guidelines is certainly big news, and it's not a one-day story. The obvious conflict... more

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November 17, 2009 | 0 comments

In a piece on this site, journalist Jane Allen gives some useful advice about covering alternative medicine, but there are some gaps... more

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November 13, 2009 | 6 comments

After a lively and wide-ranging discussion at our Health in the Blogosphere event Monday, some attendees... more

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