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Why should journalists or the public have to cite a state or federal law to request public documents produced by a public agency with public money?

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This week, a delegation from Ireland is expected to meet with officials in Bahrain to lobby them to drop charges against dozens of doctors and nurses who have been arrestedfor treating victims of the government’s crackdown on protesters.

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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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Dr. Scott Bickman saw first-hand how the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency handled complaints about a painkiller mill running in clinics in Santa Ana and Anaheim Hills. And he asks a good question: why did it take so long for the DEA to shut the clinics down?

 

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A censured doctor gives Antidote an insider’s view of one of the most troubled clinics in California: the Anaheim Hills Surgery Center, a massive painkiller mill and the site of the avoidable death of a plastic surgery patient. 

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The Drug Industry Document Archive have has some incredible documents on the antidepressant Paxil that provide windows into a previously closed-off world.

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A candid email from a university publicist sheds some, but not enough, light on why the university won't provide documents from a controversial Seroquel clinical study.

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In Bahrain, 47 health professionals are on trial for helping anti-monarchy protesters. Health writers should keep close eyes on this case and do what they can to keep these heroes from suffering even more.

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The Anthony Weiner scandal, to my mind, was the least interesting news coming out of New York political circles last week. The most interesting is the apparent sacking of New York's aggressive Medicaid Inspector General.

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We rely on editors. But, when it comes to reporting on scientific journals, we mostly act as if they don’t exist — to the detriment of transparency in scientific and medical research.

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