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Parental drug use is now responsible for one-third of the children in foster care. A reporting team will explore what happens to babies and parents caught in addiction's grip.
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In the end, distilling the plethora of research and expert quotes from around the country became a less daunting task when I realized that the power of each story from families who face the challenges of autism every single day, really does speak for itself.

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Here's what you can learn from a compelling and deeply-reported new investigation into the post-war deaths of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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When I started writing about questionable pain statistics, a weightlifting friend asked: “What is chronic pain defined as?” That depends on whom you ask.

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Research from a commonly cited study in Scotland never says there are 150 million people in pain. They never even use the word “million." So why are people citing this paper as evidence that 75 million to 150 million people are in pain?

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Numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals about pain as well as media coverage of pain begin with the premise that far more people suffer from pain than are adequately treated for it. This broad trend may be true, but the specific numbers sometimes used to justify this assertion merit more scrutin

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Looking back at a deceased column: The Healthy Skeptic.

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"The renowned mythbuster of medicine" - as one blog calls John Ioannidis, MD, of Stanford - asks tough, important questions about the 100,000+ medical conferences held each year. Journalists and the public should learn from his warnings - since so much news is reported from these meetings.

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Reporters sometimes treat medicine as if newer is always better. It's not. Here's how to accurately report on the potential harms of a new treatment.

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It’s always good to get a statistics refresher if you cover any kind of health research. Erika Franklin Fowler, an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University, offered some tips on Saturday to California Endowment Health Journalism Fellows gathered for a seminar in Los Angeles. (Click for her complete presentation.)

Here are some basic questions Fowler suggests journalists should ask before diving in to cover a medical study:

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