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Most families didn't want to talk to SinoVision reporter Melody Cao about autism in their families. Then she turned to the messaging app WeChat, and found parents suddenly were willing to talk about their challenges.

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Living with HIV or AIDS can be an unyielding source of stress that is not easily handled alone. It takes support, activism and a strong determination to not only survive, but thrive with a disease that takes a heavy mental, physical and emotional toll.

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When the worlds of policy and research collide, great things can happen in public health. The trouble is, such productive collisions don't happen nearly enough, says Abby Haynes.

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Can computer applications make people healthy (and companies profitable)?  The quest is on to develop a game-changer like Farmville.

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The notion that health is influenced by societal factors has been around for generations. Rudolf Vicherow, known for his advancement of public health, is quoted famously for his 1841 declaration that “medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale”. The c

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If social media increases site traffic and often leads to interesting stories and new sources for journalists, why wouldn't news organizations engage or want their reporters to engage on Facebook? This week at Career GPS, we explore the question of Facebook for journalists. Also find the

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Recently, I participated in a Poynter NewsU webinar to learn how to search social media more effectively, hoping to glean some tips for journalists and others covering health issues. Like many of you, I can search Twitter and Facebook, but Time magazine reporter and search whiz Jeremy Caplan offered some tools that go well beyond those platforms.

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Fellows Sharon Salyer and Alejandro Dominguez's exhaustively-reported series on the mental health challenges facing Hispanics in the Pacific Northwest has won journalism prizes from the Association of Health Care Journalists, National Institute of Health Care Management, Mental Health America and the Society of Professional Journalists of the

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According to a Pew Internet and American Life social networking survey, 35% of online adults had profiles on social networking sites in 2008, compared to 8% in 2005. Online social networking is still a "phenomenon of the young" for how ubiquitous Facebook and MySpace is among 18 to 24 year-olds, but 35% of adults overall have profiles on networking sites. African-American and Hispanic adults are more likely to have profiles than whites adults.

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