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ER Care: The New York Times’ Lizette Alvarez spends a week in a Brooklyn emergency room and comes back with a beautifully-written distillation of what she saw.  

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Surgeon General Regina Benjamin got an earful today from participants in a conference call unveiling a high-level prevention council and strategy called for in the new health reform law.

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Health Reform: California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a number of bills to move along health reform in the state, including the nation’s first state legislation to create health insurance exchanges. Check out the list of signed bills at Health Access’ blog.

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ADHD: Researchers find the first evidence that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is genetic, a finding that could lead to better treatment. Reuters’ Kate Kelland has the story.

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The “medical home” is one of those elements of health reform that seems like a classic DBI story: dull but important. It doesn't have to be.

In this post, I’ll talk about what medical homes are, why is everyone talking about them in the context of health reform and how can you cover this topic in your community in a compelling way.

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Health Insurance: Ugh. A new Hewitt Associates report shows just how much our health premiums are expected to rise next year. The Los Angeles Times’ Duke Helfand has the details.

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Avandia: Fortune’s Shelly Dubois analyzes why the FDA “maimed” the diabetes drug Avandia but didn’t permanently pull it off the market, as its European Union counterpart did. Quote of the day: “Avandia lives on in these United States as a zombie shell of its former top blockbuster self.”

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Birth Control: Now that the new “morning after” contraception pill known as ella is on the market, will pharmacists dispense it? Some may not, according to the Washington Post’s The Checkup health blog. 

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Kid Insurance: HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius may have called on states to get cracking on insuring more poor kids, but the states are responding: with what money? American Medical News has the story.

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