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Never write a story about a health-related treatment without talking about costs. I wish health reporters would stitch that onto their pillows so they could see it every morning when they wake up.

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Did a Los Angeles hospital dump a schizophrenic patient onto Skid Row, as his wife claims? Or did the hospital merely "drop him off" at a halfway house?

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Identity theft fighters want faster ways to see whether a person is stealing someone else’s persona. Could digital death certificates — searchable by the public and by journalists — be of help?

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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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Dan Wood, the new PIO at California's Medical Board, isn't fazed by reporters' questions. After all, he used to ask the same ones.

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What do medical board information officers do, anyway? Antidote blogger William Heisel interviews a former journalist who's the new point man for the California Medical Board.

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It’s not often that Antidote will ask you to run out and buy a copy of Liver International. But please do. A moving argument for protecting free speech about public health appears in the journal’s current issue.

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Death certificates can be among the paving stones leading to a dangerous health practitioner. Here's a case in point.

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Was Prime Healthcare gaming the Medicare billing system with obscure diagnoses? Or was it just playing by the rules? Here are three questions to ponder.

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 The specter of Jethro Tull looms over stories about Prime Healthcare's suspect Medicare billing practices.

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