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Merrill Goozner

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Sushi salmonella rolls, saving on health costs by improving quality of life, tying doctor pay to the value they provide, the trouble with market-based health reform, and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Does our drinking water have too much fluoride in it? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Consumers Union invited me to speak at its Safe Patient Summit in Austin last week. The group of patient advocates, health care providers and reporters engaged in a fascinating discussion about how health care might become a more transparent industry and a less frightening and frustrating experience for those who are the victims of medical error or negligence.

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

Journalists’ Pfriend? Gary Schwitzer and Andrew Holtz weigh in on Pfizer’s sponsorship of a National Press Foundation education program about Alzheimer's, a disease for which Pfizer makes medications.

Medical Loss Ratios: If you’re wondering what these are, check out Merrill Goozner’s analysis of some recent proposed regulations on this key element of health reform.

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

Outliers: A cautionary tale for health journalists: GoozNews’ Merrill Goozner details how an error of adjustment in the Dartmouth Atlas skewed media coverage of supposedly sky-high leg amputation rates in McAllen, Texas.

Mobile Health: NetworkWorld’s Paul McNamara takes issue with a new survey showing that 40 percent of us would pay for health care apps or services on our mobile devices.

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Merrill Goozner has been director of the Integrity in Science Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest since December 2003. The Project investigates and publicizes conflicts of interest in industry-sponsored science and maintains a database that journalists can consult to identify possible conflicts. Mr. Goozner taught journalism at New York University immediately before joining the Center. Before that.


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