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An online petition against anti-vaccine ads, truth-squadding Obamacare repeal claims, and a public health film festival, plus more in our Daily Briefing.

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Journalist Paul Kleyman, who has covered aging issues for more than 20 years, offers tips for covering aging as health reform gets underway.

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The link between exercise and life expectancy, getting a share of California's health insurance exchange, and why hospitals charge so much for drugs, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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The new report about the criminal histories of nursing home workers from the Office of Inspector General for Department of Health and Human Services has prompted many bold statements. What has been missing from all the alarmist analyses of this report are a few key facts and a sense of perspective.

 

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The biggest finding in a new report about the criminal histories of nursing home workers is that the Office of Inspector General can’t say whether seniors and people with disabilities truly are in danger.

 

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Are nursing home workers with criminal records really endangering residents? It's hard to tell from a new inspector general's report.

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Young people represent the next generation of our reporters. Not only will early training produce a crop of talented journalists, it gives youth a platform to voice how issues directly affect them — all while gaining insight into the topics they research and report. Youth media may appear in the form of school publications, classroom-produced projects, partnerships between youth and media organizations or independent, citywide media outlets. Here are some examples of youth-produced media and teacher resources to get you started:

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Older doctors should not lose their licenses just because they hit a target birthday. But should they have their skills regularly tested after a certain age?

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Uninsured: More than 50 million Americans have no health insurance, according to new U.S. Census data. Kaiser Health News has a convenient roundup of the media coverage.

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Here’s what we’re reading and listening to today:

Healthy Places: Los Angeles is using some of its stimulus money to make low-income neighborhoods healthier places to live by improving parks, creating community gardens and improving school lunches among other projects, reports Megan Baier, a correspondent for Healthy California.

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The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!

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