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The surprisingly intense pushback against a proposed ban on school bake sales in Mass. is just the latest example of how hard it is for schools to improve their nutrition — and kids' health. 

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The high costs of chronic pain, a ruling for health reform, the dangers of traditional Chinese medicine and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Global health journalist Sam Loewenberg is passionate about his work. But if you really want to get a rise out of him, ask him to talk about how media organizations treat freelance journalists trying to do serious journalism.  

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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 parents still giving their toddlers OTC cough medicine? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing

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Serious depression is a growing problem for multicultural seniors. But unlike older whites, ethnic people 50-plus are blocked from treatment by poverty, limited or no insurance, lack of programs geared for them—and the stigma of mental problems that permeates many cultures. New America media senior editor Paul Kleyman begins his occasional series on mental challenges for ethnic seniors with this article on treatable depression.

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Elder abuse, a growing but hidden problem for Chinese seniors in the United States, often originates when adult children here reject the tradition of filial piety. This is the second story of a two-part series.

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Putting together a scientific research paper should be a different process than building a Ford Taurus or making a Big Mac.

For the drug companies and their ghostwriting partners, it isn’t.

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Victor R. Fuchs is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. professor of economics and of health research and policy, emeritus, at Stanford University. He is also a Stanford Institute for International Studies (SIIS) senior fellow and a core faculty member with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR). He has written extensively on the cost of medical care and on determinants of health, with an emphasis on the role of socioeconomic factors and physician behavior.

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