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

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Did Arizona's mental health system fail alleged Tucson shooter Jared Loughner? Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Disgraced British doctor Andrew Wakefield faked his research data when linking the MMR vaccine to autism, according to a BMJ investigation. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Americans may think they eat healthfully, but rising obesity rates prove otherwise. Plus more from today's Daily Briefing.

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Are there some gaping holes in the PLOS placebo study in today's news? Find out in today's Daily Briefing!

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Could Chinese drywall scrap be responsible for health problems linked to American-made drywall? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Radiation Worries: As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with all the controversy over whole-body airport security scanners, the New York Times’ Walt Bogdanich and Jo Craven McGinty examine possible radiation risks for children and teens in the wake of lucrative dental diagnostic technologies both old and new.

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When Linda Marsa received a copy of the December issue of Discover magazine in the mail, she was thrilled. Her story about climate change and its effect on long forgotten diseases in America made the cover. Never mind that she has been a journalist for 30 years, Marsa finds health journalism as riveting now as when she first began. And she is still learning ways to be a better freelancer.

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It's a bit afield from our usual reporting, but a dead body in Los Angeles' landmark Millennium Biltmore Hotel, dozens of cops and hundreds of singing and dancing would-be celebs swirled through my life last weekend. But so far, nothing I've seen has mentioned a historical piece of the mystery at the Biltmore.

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