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Looking back at a deceased column: The Healthy Skeptic.

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Today's Daily Briefing features reporters' struggles to access health information, the health of truck drivers and women who have just given birth, and a must-read about what it means to die in prison.

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Victims of bad physician behavior everywhere are rubbing their eyes in disbelief today after Dr. Conrad Murray's conviction in the death of Michael Jackson. Here are five lessons from the case for regulatory agencies, prosecutors, patient advocates and journalists.

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Today's Daily Briefing has stories that link health to wealth and vice versa, an interactive on consumers' health spending and a lesson from the end of the long-term health insurance program CLASS.

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Preschoolers' lunches and food safety, a slowdown in hospital building, men get breast cancer too, and more in our Daily Briefing.

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It was an eventful weekend in the news. Today's Daily Briefing will help you catch up on health in the debt deal, learn surprising facts about clinical trials abroad and violence in hospitals, and connect with tough-but-important stories about famine and homelessness.

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Health apps, birth control, hunger stikes and mental health in today's Daily Briefing.

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It might be roof-top green space. Perhaps a reconfiguration of streets that permits walkable medians and wide bike lanes. Or it could be a supercharging of current joint-use plans between cities and school districts.

The most likely scenario would be a combination of these solutions and many more as community leaders in North Orange County try to overcome a dearth of city parkland.

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Global health journalist Sam Loewenberg is passionate about his work. But if you really want to get a rise out of him, ask him to talk about how media organizations treat freelance journalists trying to do serious journalism.  

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So many doctors have been trying to lure people to get Lap-Band surgery, with deadly consequences, that the maker of the Lap-Band surgical device, Allergan, has finally been forced to speak up.

Stuart Pfeifer at the Los Angeles Times recently asked Allergan CEO David E.I. Pyott about the sleazy 1-800-GET-THIN campaign:

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