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An opinion piece, borne of personal experience and a decade of mental health reporting, arguing in favor of many proposed changes to the DSM-5 that would allow early intervention for common mental disorders.

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Recent studies have found statistical links between pesticide use and an outbreak of Parkinson's disease in California farm towns. Researchers even know which chemicals are the likely culprits. What's the government doing about it? Not much.

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A reprieve for federal long-term care legislation, a possible FBI investigation of a hospital chain, and woes for Lap-Band marketers, plus more in our Daily Briefing.

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Sometimes, knowing what's on a person's death certificate can lead to a public benefit. So why do some states make death certificates private and others consider them public documents?

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A first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit filed against a New York dentist is bringing to light a dubious tactic some medical doctors employ to protect their reputations.

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Many of us might not think twice when making an appointment to see our doctor for whatever is ailing us, but millions of Americans don't have that luxury. Last year's census revealed that close to 50 million of Americans are uninsured, according to a recent Kaiser Health News article. While in 2008, Medscape News used census data to report a hike in the number of Americans living without health insurance for six straight years. 

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A new company aims to clean up the FDA's messy data for reporting drug adverse events and market it to pharma and other businesses. Health reporters can benefit from the company's work, too.

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An iWatch News investigation documents $1.9 billion in wasted federal health care expenditures.

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Health Care Brands president Dr. Jason Schiffman works at the intersections of psychiatry, consumer information, business and online health care. And he's happy to be there.

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Clinical trials aren't just about drugs. Should other interventions be given a pass because Big Pharma isn't involved?

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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!

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