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Have you ever gone in for an oil change and left with the suspicion that the mechanics didn’t do anything beyond opening your hood?

Anemona Hartocollis at The New York Times has exposed this same type of behavior in a much more critical venue: a local hospital. She wrote:

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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 plaintiff will win, unless a reporter has been truly reckless.

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When the Journal of Reproductive Medicine published a study that purported to prove that intercessory prayer can heal people, there were many reasons to be doubtful, regardless of one's religious beliefs.

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This post discusses Jacob Levenson's book, The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America.

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Drug companies are looking outside their own labs for new products

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Victor Merina is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism. Previously, as an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times, he was a member of the paper's projects team and was part of a group of reporters named as finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for a series on homicides in Los Angeles County. He also shared in the paper's 1993 Pulitzer for spot news coverage of the 1992 riots. Since leaving The Times, Mr. Merina has written opinion pieces for that paper and for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Victor R. Fuchs is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. professor of economics and of health research and policy, emeritus, at Stanford University. He is also a Stanford Institute for International Studies (SIIS) senior fellow and a core faculty member with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR). He has written extensively on the cost of medical care and on determinants of health, with an emphasis on the role of socioeconomic factors and physician behavior.

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Dr. Kenneth Arrow is the Joan Kenney professor of economics and professor of operations research, emeritus; a fellow with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University; and a Stanford Insitute for International Studies (SIIS) senior fellow by courtesy.

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Jessie Gruman, Ph. D, is the founder and president of the Center for the Advancement of Health, a nonpartisan Washington-based policy institute funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation and others. Established in 1992, the center works to translate health research into effective policy and practice. Ms.

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“Racism in medicine is a national emergency.” That’s how journalist Nicholas St. Fleur characterized the crisis facing American health care this spring, as his team at STAT embarked on “Color Code,” an eight-episode series exploring medical mistrust in communities of color across the country. In this webinar, we’ll take inspiration from their work to discuss strategies and examples for telling stories about inequities, disparities and racism in health care systems. Sign-up here!

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. 

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