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Freelance journalist recently made an interesting comparison between embattled drug giant Wyeth and former insurance giant AIG. The latter famously handed out massive bonuses and planned lavish company retreats at a time when the company was receiving billions in federal bailout funds.

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The Senate may be taking a from health reform, but a journalist’s quest for fresh angles on the topic never wanes. (If you’re looking for some ideas, check out my previous tips here.)

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Front Groups opposing healthcare reform have gone virtual. You know those games those people with seemingly lots of spare time on their hands play on Facebook? The Silicon Alley Insider reports that in fake currency if they take surveys. The surveys then automatically send a letter opposing healthcare to Congress.

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has been given many chances.

In 1995, the Maryland State Board of Physicians placed Baltatzis on probation after other physicians in a peer review process found that he had, among other things, prescribed narcotics to patients he had not adequately evaluated. The doctor, who practices in Baltimore area, was supposed to take a class in prescribing controlled substances and submit to annual peer review of his practice.

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When Los Angeles Times reporter Lisa Girion and health policy consultant Peter Harbage talk about health reform and health insurance, the result is an exceedingly well-informed discussion with lots of concrete story ideas for journalists.

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The shimmering blue lights of the Terminal Island Bridge, rising above the , belie the intense pollution that emanates from the nation’s largest port and compromises the health of nearby communities.  

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View our interactive charts showing 2008 . You can look at fatalities by industry, job, gender, cause of death and location.

See a slideshow our trip to a San Francisco Safeway, where janitors and members of rallied to demand .

Photographs by me, Shuka Kalantari. Web producer


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What’s the difference between Medicare-for-all and Medicare-for-some? Are these realistic policy proposals, or political blips on the screen? Sign up here for our next Health Matters webinar!