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Fearful mental health workers, high hospital charges, and crazy movie theater soft drink sizes, plus more in today's Daily Briefing.

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It makes for a sad spring when I can’t attend the annual Association of Health Care Journalists conference.

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Why are doctors asking patients to sign a contract before prescribing painkillers? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Heart disease is at least as ancient as Egyptian mummmies, researchers armed with CT scanners have found. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Some good news (finally!) about whooping cough, and a hospital mystery: why was a California hospital named as one of the nation's best when it's being investigated for patient safety problems? 

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Why are TB cases declining so dramatically in California? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Learn more about what killed Elizabeth Taylor and the first anniversary of health reform in today's Daily Briefing.

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Japan's radiation may have reached California shores, but experts say your health won't be affected. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Despite reassurances from public health officials that, for now, radioactive fallout from Japan’s worsening nuclear crisis will have a negligible impact on U.S. shores, Americans nevertheless are making an ill-considered run on the potassium iodide pills that can prevent radiation-related thyroid cancers.

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Are nursing home workers with criminal records really endangering residents? It's hard to tell from a new inspector general's report.

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