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April 14, 2009 | 0 comments

, the so-called "Death with Dignity Act," took effect in Washington state on March 5, after being... more

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April 13, 2009 | 1 comments

Dr. Neil Hollander of Huntington Beach, Calif., looked to be just another doctor who had misplaced his notes in November 2003 when he agreed to settle a Medical Board of California case by taking... more

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April 10, 2009 | 0 comments

The catastrophic 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Italy, the recent 4.3 temblor near San Jose and a rash of small quakes in Southern California made me wonder about something I haven't thought about in... more

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April 09, 2009 | 1 comments

If you do a Google News search for the word "octomom," you will get more than 4,000 results on most days.

What is lost in much of the coverage of... more

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April 06, 2009 | 0 comments

Even the most curious of Dr. Barbara Philipp's patients probably didn't notice that she had a drug problem.

That's because her patients were kids.

The... more

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April 02, 2009 | 0 comments

Six of the world's biggest drug companies are about to be winnowed down to three. If all the mergers go through, we will have Pfizer-Wyeth, Merck-Schering-Plough and Roche-Genentech controlling... more

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March 29, 2009 | 1 comments

This UCI orthopedic is on the shortlist for the U.S. Surgeon General job. He has been an outspoken critic of medical device companies and is... more

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March 25, 2009 | 1 comments

When the recalled thousands of peanut butter products in January for fear they were tainted with salmonella, news... more

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March 23, 2009 | 0 comments

The transaction was quick.

In the parking lot of a pastry shop, a patient handed Dr. Kachun ClementYeung $400. Yeung handed the patient a prescription for 800 milligrams of OxyContin. It... more

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March 20, 2009 | 0 comments

Justina Wang at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle tackled a topic that seems to scare most local publications: food safety.

With each food poisoning scare, local reporters cover what's... more

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March 18, 2009 | 0 comments

We seem to be gripped by a national state of shock at the news that Nadya Suleman, a single mother with no job and six children, was able to have eight embryos implanted in... more

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March 16, 2009 | 0 comments

Health care reporters know how rarely hospitals suspend a doctor's privileges. Those rights are granted and revoked by other doctors, and doctors are loathe to set a precedent by saying a botched... more

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March 11, 2009 | 0 comments

One would think that everything that could possibly be said about lead poisoning has been printed, broadcast and e-mailed around the globe countless times.

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