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Could a new Cochrane review slow the trend toward prescribing statins for nearly everyone to prevent heart disease? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Prescription drug abuse is growing nationwide, but West Virginia was one of the first places hit by the problem. When I picked this topic, I didn't realize how complex it was. The drugs are widely available. Doctors are struggling to treat pain with effective medications without supplying drug abusers. And prescription drug crimes have proven difficult to prosecute.

This is the second in a four-part series examining prescription drug abuse in West Virginia.

 

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No good deed goes unpunished: a community backlash follows a Dallas Morning News hospital exposé. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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About three years ago, Georgina González left her three siblings, three children, and three grandchildren in Puebla, México and immigrated to Fresno in search of better economic opportunities.
What she found here, though, was an opportunity to receive health care after she was diagnosed with breast

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Health writers too often take patient stories at face value and don't ask for medical records.

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A new study of nutrition labeling at one fast food chain finds Americans just don't care, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Anyone who has written about a topic as emotional as autism knows that patients and their families can be both invaluable and unreliable.

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As 2011 unfolds, I’d like to share some of my favorite health journalism – much 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, in no particular order of importance. I’ll share the next five next week.

Happy New Year!

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Now that I've finished the last of the three fellowship stories I proposed six months ago, I'll take a moment to write about the lessons I have learned.

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Science marches (clucks?) on, engineering chickens that can't transmit bird flu. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors and a social media consultant to join its team. Learn more about the positions and apply.

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