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William Heisel's Antidote: Investigating Untold Health Stories

Doctors Behaving Badly: I wasn't drunk, says pediatrician. Ask the strip club owner.

All Dr. Narinder Kumar had to do to stay in practice was make one phone call a day.

The phone call was a little unusual but straightforward. Kumar, a pediatrician in Davenport, Iowa, had to call a lab with a contract with the Iowa Board of Medicine to find out whether he had to give a urine sample that day. Kumar had agreed to this arrangement in May 2006.

Daily Journal investigation sheds light on disability insurance’s dark corner

Employees everywhere sleep a little easier knowing that their company covers the bulk of the cost of their disability insurance. If they are hit by a car or fall of their roof or incur some other injury that prevents them from working, they can count at least a modest income from their insurance policy.

At least that's how the insurance company's brochures make it sound.

Q&A with Kim Klausner: Challenging the "normalcy" of pharma ghostwriting

Career archivist Kim Klausner takes her roles as a historian and as a public health advocate equally seriously. As the Industry Documents Digital Libraries Manager for the University of California-San Francisco, she is in charge of the Drug Industry Documents Archive, a collection of thousands of records that shine a light on practices by Wyeth, Pfizer, Abbott and other Big Pharma companies.

Doctors Behaving Badly: Michael Jackson's doctor can add "deadbeat dad" to his resume

Dr. Conrad Murray, accused of giving Michael Jackson a lethal dose of propofol, has told a judge that he can't pay more than $13,000 in back child support for his 10-year-old son because he can't get a job.

Why did WIC tarry in making its menu healthier?

A colleague of mine, Dave Wasson, came back from a reporting conference once and passed on a bit of wisdom he had picked up: "If you ever hear someone say that something is a win-win, you know that someone is losing big time."

I have made that phrase a maxim that has never steered me wrong.

Q&A with UCSF's Kim Klausner: Drug industry practices should be an open book

Perhaps more than anyone who has ever written about ghostwriting in medical literature, Kim Klausner knows where the bodies are buried. Klausner is the Industry Documents Digital Libraries Manager for the University of California-San Francisco, which means she is in charge of the Drug Industry Documents Archive, a collection of thousands of documents that detail how the drug industry has used continuing medical education and medical literature to help market its products.

Doctors Behaving Badly: Stolen watch? Small time. Check out this five-finger discount!

Dr. Cleveland Enmon, the Stockton physician accused of stealing a retired police officer's watch as the officer was dying, may have learned by example.

Enmon went through his residency at the most infamous hospital on the West Coast: Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. While there, he worked in the emergency room alongside Dr. Ahmed Rashed.

Use DIDA to dive deep into ghostwritten medical papers

Antidote promised in an earlier post to revisit the case of Dr. John Eden, who told Antidote he regretted working with a ghostwriter who had been paid by Wyeth to write an article about hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Q&A with Thomas Sullivan: Part 2: Medical education companies don't deserve media abuse

Thomas Sullivan writes the Policy and Medicine blog. He also runs Rockpointe Corporation, a medical education company that works with nonprofits and for-profits to create continuing medical education (CME) programs. As company-sponsored CME and ghostwriting by companies has come under fire, Sullivan has become an outspoken advocate for medical education firms.

Doctors Behaving Badly: Doctor accused of stealing a dying police officer's watch

Seeing Dr. Cleveland Enmon's alleged misdeeds, retold on the nightly news, prompts a double take. A doctor? In a life or death situation? Stole a patient's watch? And the patient was a cop?

Enmon was arraigned last week on grand theft charges in Stockton, Calif., for allegedly swiping a very pricey watch off the wrist of retired Manteca police officer Jerry Kubena.



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