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The Checkup Archive: The Business of Health

Snapshot: Is health news reporting politically slanted?

In light of recent events, I wondered whether NPR's alleged liberal bias showed in its health news reporting. For comparison's sake, I looked at NPR's top health stories and those atop the Fox News health site, home of "fair and balanced" reporting but, like NPR, considered by some to be a politically slanted source -- if slanted in the other direction.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Business of Health  
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Why you should care about paid sick leave

A report being released at a Congressional hearing later this morning by the D.C.-based Restaurant Opportunities Centers United ("a national restaurant workers' organization, comprised of restaurant worker organizations across the country," according to its Web site) says, among other key findings from its survey of more than 4,000 restaurant workers nationwide, that "nearly 90% of workers said they did not receive paid sick days. As a result, two thirds of respondents said they had worked while sick in the previous year, preparing, cooking and serving food."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Health, Health Policy, Infectious Disease, Influenza, The Business of Health, Workplace health  
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The haze surrounding medical marijuana

As the District of Columbia joins the small group of U.S. jurisdictions legalizing the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, it finally occurred to me to consider whether I'd ever ask for a prescription myself. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) All of the 14 states (and now D.C.) that allow...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | August 30, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Cancer, Chronic Conditions, Multiple Sclerosis, The Business of Health  
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Do doctors rat on each other?

If a doctor knew that a colleague was incompetent, drunk or high on drugs, would they turn them in? A new survey has some disturbing answers to that question. Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of 2,938 doctors practicing in the...

By Rob Stein  | July 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Bioethics, General Health, Hospitals, The Business of Health  
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Is that right? Buying KFC buckets fights breast cancer?

I try to keep an open mind, but my brain is just boggled by the Buckets for the Cure partnership between KFC and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Help make the largest single donation to end breast cancer forever," the campaign urges. The suggestion is that KFC will donate...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | April 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Cancer, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, The Business of Health, Women's Health  
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Is that Right? Jenny Craig beats Weight Watchers in "major clinical trial"?

A recent Jenny Craig ad features spokesperson Valerie Bertinelli, not-so-convincingly clad in a white lab coat, claiming that "a major clinical trial" has shown that people on the Jenny Craig program lost twice as much weight as those in "the largest weight loss program." To which the folks at Weight...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, The Business of Health  
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