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It would be interesting to see exactly what evidence finally tipped the scales at Allergan. Why did the Lap-Band maker finally stop selling its product to doctors participating in the aggressively marketed 800-GET-THIN weight loss surgery campaign?

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Christopher Hitchens loses his battle with cancer, the link between smoking and skin cancer, and a new IBM project to improve kids' health, more from our Daily Briefing.

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The FDA finally cracked down on billboard marketing campaigns that portray Lap-Band surgery as risk-free. Two reporters and a public health official from Los Angeles deserve some of the credit for the FDA's move.

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A reprieve for federal long-term care legislation, a possible FBI investigation of a hospital chain, and woes for Lap-Band marketers, more in our Daily Briefing.

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Wonder what happened with the National Practitioner Data Bank, the cell phone-cancer link and Lap-Band surgery shenanigans? Find out in these updates.

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A Lap-Band lawsuit gets uglier, what Nixon's HMOs have to do with Obama's ACOs, diabetes and where you live, more from our Daily Briefing.

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The doctors behind the "Diets Fail!" campaign to get people to undergo Lap-Band surgery have innovated again. Failing to win a libel case against the newspaper that exposed their shady business practices, they are attempting to persuade a judge to treat newspaper reporters like the Mafia.

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A legal victory for health reform, troubles for Allergan's Lap-Band, and methamphetamine's decline, more from our Daily Briefing.

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Where does a doctor who has found himself in trouble go to find work? Weight loss surgery clinics.

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A new study suggests that the risks of Lap-Band surgery could outweigh the weight-loss benefits, more from our Daily Briefing.

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