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Dr. Michael C. Lu's paradigm shift in medicine is called a "life course perspective": the idea that health is not isolated to stages of life, but that those stages are interconnected. It is the philosophical underpinning behind his devotion to prenatal care. Indeed, there are some surprising connections between mothers' lifestyles and nutrition during pregnancy and lifelong health effects on their children.

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LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Associate Professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.   Dr. Lewis joined the USC faculty in 1996 and she was selected Professor of the Year at the school in 1998 and 2001. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Rice University.

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Rebecca Goldin is director of research for Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a nonprofit media watchdog group affiliated with George Mason University, where she is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Professor Goldin is a member of the science policy committee of the American Mathematical Society and the advisory board of Math for America: DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving math education.

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Korean Americans are the least likely minority group to have health insurance. Bo Kim reports on why and how this is affecting the health care of Korean Americans.

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Melvin Baron has spent his career educating the public about health and medicine, first as a pharmacist and then as a USC Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy. He’s 77 now, and he confesses to some frustration with the handouts that pharmacists and doctors use to inform patients about health and medicine.

“Much of what we give you is lousy,” he told me. “It’s a lot of words. Most of it is way above the audience. It doesn’t resonate and it’s boring.”

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This is a post I wrote about Muriel Gillick's book, The Denial of Aging, when the health care reform debate was just getting going.

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What drives someone with a strong scientific reputation to cut a secret deal with a drug company for ghostwriting help just to have one more paper published?

Let's ask.

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Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman has become the go-to source for comments on how drug companies have been using ghostwriters to inject marketing messages into the medical literature, a controversy that prompted powerful Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to send a letter on Aug. 11 to the National Institutes of Health asking, among other things, "What is the current NIH policy on ghostwriting with regards to NIH researchers?"

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Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman is the principal investigator of PharmedOut, an educational campaign aimed at showing physicians how marketing influences their prescribing decisions. Originally funded by the Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant, PharmedOut, among other things, offers continuing medical education to doctors, allowing them to earn credits without taking courses funded by drug or device companies.

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This story attempts to bust through the stereotypes about uninsured people in Minnesota, which has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the nation.

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