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A safe shingles vaccine, irrational hospital charges, insurance attempts to circumvent court ruling, a rapidly dwindingling Medicare fund and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Five random observations and tips from a first-time attendee of the AHCJ 2012 conference in Atlanta.

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You’d hope organ donors would be dead beyond any doubt when their organs are harvested, but in his new book, Dick Teresi argues that they may not be dead enough.

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A "disappeared" food safety investigation, fines for polluting school buses, new sports medicine advances and more from our Daily Briefing.

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In an era of “modern” medicine, it sometimes seems as if many of the biggies have been knocked out compared to centuries past. The previously untreatable has become treatable and in many cases preventable. With knowledge can come lower societal costs as well as health care cost containment.

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A scandalous situation involving a health care district in one of California’s most affluent regions raises the question: how are these taxpayer-supported agencies spending — or hoarding — their money?

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There are still a few days left to apply for this year's National Health Journalism Fellowship, Hunt Fund Grant and Packard Foundation Grant, and check out our health media job listings!

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Tips for following the money trail of vaccine exemption legislation in your state.

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Legislators who sit on influential committees wield a lot of power over proposed laws that directly affect special interests. Political players know that legislative committees are the place to affect legislation, often with little public scrutiny.

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Last August, Kanawha County school cooks were abruptly ordered to quit serving prepackaged food and cook instead, from scratch, with fresh ingredients, five days a week. With fewer students eating, Kanawha County's food program is projected to make about $350,000 less than it did the previous year.

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