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As 2011 unfolds, I’d like to share some of my favorite health journalism – some but not all of it policy-related – from 2010. This is definitely not a best-of list, but rather journalism that can inspire and teach us.  Here are my first five picks, and below are my second five, in no particular order of importance. Do you have other recommendations for must-read health journalism from last year? Share it in the comments below.

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Tonight the State of the Union Address will be delivered by President Obama. An interesting request has been made of the members of Congress (for both Senators and Assembly Representatives). It is that a member of each opposing party sit next to their opposite - to dare to cross the aisle and par

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A group of parents, educators and nutrition experts are making strides to break the cycle of unhealthy food choices among students in the Del Norte County Unified School District.

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This may be the biggest children’s study you’ve barely heard of: a massive, $2.7 billion examination of 100,000 American children’s health and development. Did I mention it’s supposed to last 25 years?

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We end the week here at the Daily Briefing with new takes on big stories.

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Today's Daily Briefing is a bit behind schedule but is all about pushing health and health care forward.

Politics: Politico's Glenn Thrush has a great lead here: "A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in."

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Veteran food policy journalist Christopher Cook offers context on "food deserts" and how to identify and report on them in your community.

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Like writing about abortion or animal rights, writing about vaccines inevitably raises the ire of certain readers. It is not for the timid. Journalist Amy Wallace writes about being sued by an anti-vaccine activist and offers tips for covering this controversial and emotionally-charged topic.
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Well, here we go! In a historic 219-212 vote late Sunday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $914 billion health reform package extending health coverage to as many as 32 million Americans

The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery summed up the legislation's enormous significance in the ultimate nut graf:

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