Reporting on disparities in HIV testing, PrEP

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HIV trends don’t make headlines the way they used to. But we may see an influx of them in the coming months after news that a court ruling may allow insurance companies to cut back on coverage of preventive care.

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Resources for covering the ACA preventive care ruling in Texas

Preventive Medicine by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0

Among the many significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, one of the most important for consumers is the requirement that health insurers cover preventive-care services at no cost to patients. That provision is facing a significant legal challenge in a Texas court that could take months or years to resolve, according to legal experts.

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How a news investigation shed light on potential patient privacy violations

Simon Fondrie-Teitler                                           Todd Feathers

There have been continuing repercussions from an investigative story published in June by nonprofit news organization The Markup, in partnership with STAT, describing how Facebook receives sensitive medical information from hospital websites. In a new “How I Did It,” Simon Fondrie-Teitler and Todd Feathers, two of the team members that worked on the investigation, spoke with AHCJ about how the story came about and what journalists can learn from the process. 

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How I did it: Reporting on apparent misconduct in influential Alzheimer’s research

Charles Piller

Alzheimer’s disease afflicts more than 6 million Americans. Yet since 1906, when Alois Alzheimer first saw characteristic sticky plaques in the brain of a deceased patient who had suffered from dementia, the search for a cure has seen failure after painful failure. That seemingly endless frustration was one reason my July investigation of suspect research into the cause of the disease and a questionable experimental drug to treat it became global news covered by hundreds of media outlets.

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How is the U.S. preparing for the “second punch” of antibiotic resistance?

Photo courtesy of the CDC.

Journalists should check in on how the U.S. government and the nation’s hospitals and medical practices intend to regain ground lost during the pandemic in the battle against superbugs. These pathogens have evolved to resist most existing antimicrobial medications, like antibiotics and antifungals.

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