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Flesh out your coverage of infectious diseases with historical data

Tara Haelle

About Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ's medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information.

Photo: Wellcome Images via Flickr

Photo: Wellcome Images via Flickr

Any time there is an outbreak of an infectious disease, the public wants to know how common it is and its risk of contracting it. When covering breaking cases, journalists should provide context by including information on historical incidence and trends.

Here are some resources for infectious diseases exclusively within the United States. Continue reading

Check out this oral health reporting advice from an ‘investigative nutritionist’

Mary Otto

About Mary Otto

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health, curating related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on oral health resources at mary@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Adam Rose via Flickr

Photo: Adam Rose via Flickr

Registered dietician, syndicated radio host and self-described “investigative nutritionist” Melinda Hemmelgarn has given a lot of thought lately to dental care and oral health.  A recent episode of her public radio show, Food Sleuth, features an interview with Jane Grover, a dentist and director of the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

In the interview, Hemmelgarn and Grover also discussed useful tips for maintaining oral health including good brushing habits and the foods that are more harmful to teeth. Continue reading

Journalists learn tips for covering emerging infectious diseases

Tara Haelle

About Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ's medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information.

Photo: CDC/ James Gathany

Photo: CDC/ James Gathany

One year it was MERS. Last year it was Ebola. This year it’s Zika. Every winter it’s influenza.

Covering current and emerging infectious diseases is a mainstay of the health news beat because it touches every part of health care reporting, from policy to emergency preparedness to research to environmental health to hospitals to poverty and other social determinants and disparities. Continue reading

Hearing on ATSDR problems, future being webcast

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight of the House Science & Technology Committee is having a hearing on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry this morning. A recent investigation found that the agency “often obscures or overlooks potential health hazards,” according to The Associated Press.

The subcommittee released a staff report on the agency and witness statements and other documentation are available. The hearing is being webcast – look for the link on the right side of the page

The agenda and list of witnesses:

ATSDR: Problems in the Past, Potential for the Future?

Panel I

  • Mr. Jeffrey Camplin, President, Camplin Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Dr. Ronald Hoffman, Professor, Tisch Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Professor Randall Parrish, Head, NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory, British Geological Survey
  • Mr. Salvador Mier, Local Resident, Midlothian, Texas, and Former Director of Prevention, Center for Disease Control

Panel II

  • Dr. Henry S. Cole, President, Henry S. Cole & Associates, Inc.
  • Dr. David Ozonoff, Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Mr. Ronnie Wilson, Former Ombudsman, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Panel III

  • Dr. Howard Frumkin, Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry