Brain cancer takes, but also gives

One of my darkest journalism moments at the Daily News came after the massive layoffs of 2007 and 2008.  That's when editors were scrambling to fill various sections of the paper. One of their "ideas" included shoving my health stories into a feature section which ran very fluffy health stories (like yoga positions,  diet fads,... Continue Reading →

Am I crazy, or….

...should the story below about how hospitals in California held back using medication on flu patients have been on the front page? When I pitched this story a few times, I felt like no one listened to me. It was published on page 4. I had to move on to other stories, but it still... Continue Reading →

California docs earn millions from Big Pharma

One of my favorite assignments this year was working with ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism. The reporters there not only produce their own award winning stories, but they also provide reporters from other media outlets with a searchable database. It's up to us to plug in names and locations to find trends.... Continue Reading →

Health reform could exlude some Native Americans

As states move toward fulfilling all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, glitches, loopholes and confusion have emerged  including health coverage for Native Americans. Treaties signed by lawmakers more than a century ago ensure free health care to those from tribes recognized by the federal government. However, those from tribes unrecognized also have received... Continue Reading →

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