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Journalists are playing a key role in highlighting outrageous health care price tags. Why this flood of stories now? And will they make a difference?
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Parents love to make jokes about teenagers and their fitfully growing brains. But emerging researching supplies the science needed to understand the changes. In one key way, their brains are shrinking.
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An opinion piece, borne of personal experience and a decade of mental health reporting, arguing in favor of many proposed changes to the DSM-5 that would allow early intervention for common mental disorders.

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In today's Daily Briefing, we are looking at the effects of proposed budget cuts, the hurdles for mobile apps and foreign doctors, and the pay of mental health professionals. What are you reading? Share in comments.

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Are mini-med health plans really such a bad option for low-wage workers? Answers and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Yesterday, the humor website Cracked.com published a list of that, in its opinion, aren’t worth it. They are CT scans, physical examinations, circumcisions, Cesarean sections and antibiotics. OK, antibiotics are not really procedures, but you get the point. Of course, the author uses exaggeration to bolster his case but there is a lot of truth in the article. Let’s take them one by one.

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Some interesting new data over at Medicare’s database is worth mining for enterprise stories about how people receive treatments for heart attacks and other medical conditions at hospitals in your community.

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Scott Broussard is a battalion chief with the Costa Mesa Fire Department. He’s used to knocking down doors when there is an emergency and trying to stay steady in the midst of chaos. Kathy Broussard is a pediatric intensive care nurse who has seen children die and children saved from the brink of death. She is now focused on raising her two children.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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