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In a recent Reuters series, a team of reporters exposed what we still don't know about superbugs and highlighted a huge hole in that knowledge: the inaccuracy of death certificates.
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In Los Angeles, reporter Peiwen Jing finds that the public health system could be doing far more to reach out to Chinese immigrants about health care coverage and access to care.
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Bad housing has emerged as a key issue in California's Sonoma County races for elected office since The Press Democrat published a four-part series investigating the prevalence of substandard housing across the county.
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A quick primer on the science of how obesity and high cholesterol can break down cartilage and bones, spurring the development of arthritis.
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One reporter's intrepid data quest has given reporters nationwide a new look at how their local hospitals rank when it comes to charity care. Check out these datasets for story ideas in your neck of the woods.
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Sometimes a big percentage increase is an exciting story that your audience should hear about, but it also might be a puff of smoke obscuring a flimsy story, as recent news suggests.

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Thoughtful comparisons can make all the difference for your audience. For example, the threat of Ebola in the U.S. seems scary until you compare it to drunk drivers, who killed 12,000 in the U.S. in 2014. Ebola killed two.

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There has been a bevy of headlines on child obesity this week, triggered by a new study casting doubt on earlier reports of drops in early childhood obesity rates. But real story is rather more complicated than the headlines suggest.

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