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The strategy of using cell phones and texts to nudge people toward healthier decisions makes a lot of sense. But as L.A. Times' Eryn Brown discovered in reporting her series on "m-health," the promise of these programs is still far ahead of the reality.

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Contributing editor William Heisel shares a few of his favorite health stories from the past year in the second of two posts.

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Contributing editor William Heisel shares a few of his favorite health stories from the past year in the first of two posts.

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This year's Health 2.0′s Code-a-thon led to a Twitter app that may prevent suicide, a disaster triage smartphone app and tools for remotely reading medical tests. Read about the 2012 award winners from one of the competition's judges.

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Why does Bakersfield have such awful air quality? How do Vitamin D levels affect your risk for diabetes? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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San Francisco's City Clinic has been dishing out frank talk about sex for 100 years. The shocking thing is not how much things have changed, but how much they haven't.

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Radiation from Japan's emerging nuclear crisis isn't likely to reach the West Coast, experts say. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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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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