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 Was that glass of milk you drank this morning safe? Government reports show that high levels of antibiotics and other drugs are common in dairy animals and their products. Worse, milk producers resist further testing lest their products be found unsafe.

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SXSW presenter Laura Hermann is a science communications expert who has cautionary tales for organizations and journalists who tell science stories using data.

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Who will be the winners and losers amid health reform's planned expansion of Medicaid? In her reporting, Danielle Ivory finds shifting power dynamics and unexpected financial risks for insurers. 

 

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On Sunday, a four-part series a year in the making runs in the Bay Area News Group. As the science reporter for the chain, I teamed with health reporter Sandy Kleffman to report and write this series.

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Bay Area News Group will begin a four part series on health inequities Sunday that will feature ZIP code maps revealing wide disparities in life expectancy, asthma hospitalizations, heart diease and cancer rates.

The project, by reporters Sandy Kleffman and Suzanne Bohan, found striking health differences among ZIP codes just a few miles apart.

Even middle-class neighborhoods are affected, the analysis reveals. Middle-class areas have longer life expectancies than the poorest neighborhoods, but fall years short of life expectancies in the wealthiest areas.

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Linda Civitello, president and CEO of Breathe California, a Daly City-based organization working to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services. As president and CEO, Civitello utilizes her extensive experience in community service, urban planning and government affairs.

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Jeanne Cain is executive vice president for policy of the California Chamber of Commerce, a position that puts her in charge of the development of public policy and strategy for the business advocacy organization. As the chamber's chief legislative advocate and specialist on health care issues, Cain helps articulate the position of business leaders inside the state legislature. The chamber plays a major role in the formation of health care policy. Cain returned to the organization in 2004 following a stint as vice president of the western region of the American Insurance Association.

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James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, directs all program and administrative activities of the RWJF Health Group. This includes the Foundation's work in childhood obesity, public health and vulnerable populations. Prior to joining RWJF in December 2004, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade.

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