ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein and Terry Parris Jr., with The Virginian-Pilot’s Mike Hixenbaugh, have been covering the impact of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans and their efforts to get health coverage for conditions they believe are linked to their exposure to the herbicides. “Reliving Agent Orange” finds that many are still fighting to get coverage for themselves and their children. Continue reading
United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@) spoke to attendees of Health Journalism 2016 and discussed how his administration will address the overuse of opioids in the United States.
A follow-up blog post will feature Murthy answering journalists’ questions after his prepared talk.
We asked some veteran attendees for tips, especially for newcomers, on making the most of the conference. Continue reading
Peggy Girshman, a health journalist who was one of the earliest members of AHCJ, died Monday at home. She was 61.
Girshman, who worked at NPR in several editing positions for 15 years and was an executive editor at Kaiser Health News, died of amyloidosis, reports Joe Neel of NPR.
Late Monday afternoon, her heart simply stopped. Heroic efforts were made to revive her, but they failed.
“Peg went out like a true journalist, at her desk, writing,” said her husband, Mitch Berger, on Facebook. She was also playing Scrabble online with Berger’s brother Dan, her archnemesis. “Let the record show that she was winning,” Berger said. Continue reading