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Alan Bavley at the Kansas City Star found an opening in Missouri state law, drove a truck into it and loaded it up with facts for his story on Kansas and Missouri doctors who had histories of alleged malpractice, yet whose medical board records were spotless.

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Do death threats to an isolated few make for good journalism or just sensationalism? And in pursuing the unusual do journalists run the risk of skewing the overall situation? Does having one source on each side of the issue really provide accurate balance and meaningful context? Questions are easy, answers are harder.

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Learn more about the key role two St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalists played in a new state law giving Missouri's medical board some real power to protect patients.

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Recounting a tornado's path through Joplin's hospital, hospitals sanctioned in California, and seniors loading up on caffeinated energy drinks, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Journalist Lisa Jones muses on covering Native American health issues and remembers her friend Stanford Addison.

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The construction of a dam near an Indian reservation on the Missouri River forced residents to less fertile land and put an end to their farming habits. Since then, American Indians have experienced a lack of nutrition, leading to diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

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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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Treatment centers such as Chad's Hope in Clay County aim to help get prescription drug addicts back on track. This story is part of a series that examines prescription drug abuse in Kentucky.

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Medicare’s new consumer information site, Physician Compare, promises the same gold mine of data patients find when they use Hospital Compare or Nursing Home Compare. But, unlike those sites, Physician Compare does not keep its promises.

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Last week, I started listing Antidote’s 10 favorite stories of the past year, in no particular order. Here is the rest of the list.

Dialysis: High Costs and Hidden Perils of a Treatment Guaranteed to All,” Robin Fields, ProPublica, November 2010

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