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Doctors Behaving Badly: FDA says UCLA cardiology chief botched clinical trial

Dr. Charles McKay understands the human heart better than most of us.

He has authored or co-authored hundreds of research papers about various aspects of cardiac care. He helped write the joint American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for valvular heart disease treatment. Some of his work has been cited more than 1,000 times by other researchers.

Body parts thief was feeding a booming business

A dentist drives through the dark alleyways of New Jersey in the dead of winter, visiting morgues where he cuts out bones, slices out tendons and peels off layers of skin from corpses. With coolers packed with human flesh, he then drives to a smoking factory where the body parts are turned into things that are put into other people's bodies, without them ever knowing.

Q&A with Evan George, Part 2: Investigating disability insurance

Evan George at the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a newspaper focused on the legal community, wrote a great investigative series about disability insurance last month. He spoke to Antidote last week about how he got started on the project. The second part of the interview is below. It has been edited for space and clarity.

Q: Did you start small or did you immediately dive into looking up all 500+ cases?

Doctors Behaving Badly: Twin pediatricians both accused of sharing the same nasty predilections

In the annals of twin research, the twisted story of the identical Blankenburg brothers could fill a volume.

To find the link between swine flu and actual pigs, check the water

Tom Philpott, food editor for Grist, has been calling for an investigation into the connection between H1N1, or swine flu, and actual swine.

Q&A with Evan George: Investigating disability insurance

Evan George graduated with a history degree from Occidental College. His mentor was legendary Los Angeles Times writer Bob Sipchen, who got George interested in journalism. George spent some time at the late, lamented LA Alternative and the Los Angeles Downtown News before joining the legal news team at the Los Angeles Daily Journal two years ago.

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.

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