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Two Cheers for Choosing Wisely

Dena S. Davis, 12/18/2014
The Choosing Wisely campaign is one of the most exciting experiments in health care in quite a while. If it lives up to its potential, Choosing Wisely could pr...

Trapper’s Care in the Animal ER and Frank Talk about Costs

Chelsea A. Jack, 12/05/2014
“The capacity for suffering and enjoying things is a prerequisite for having interests at all, a condition that must be satisfied before we can speak of intere...
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How Brittany Maynard Changed the Conversation about Aid in Dying

Dena S. Davis, 12/01/2014
Brittany Maynard, the courageous 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, ended her life a month ago today. She and her husband had moved to Oregon so tha...
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Journal editor defends retraction of GMO-rats study while authors reveal some of paper's history

Retraction Watch

"...claiming COPE guidelines somehow supports the decision [to retract] doesn't seem valid."

Big Data + Big Pharma = Big Money 

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

"Need another reminder of how much drugmakers spend to discover what doctors are prescribing? Look no further than new documents from the leading keeper of such data."

U Faculty Calls for Review of Controversial Drug Study

Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune

 "Nearly a decade after Dan Markingson died by suicide while participating in a U of M drug trial for schizophrenics, the U’s Faculty Senate raised his death as a reason to re-examine their institution’s handling of vulnerable research subjects."  

 Make Your Wishes Known 

Ashwaq Masoodi, The Atlantic
The story of a 36-year-old man on life support whose family pulled the plug, and what happened next."

Transforming Diagnosis
Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health
"While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dictionary, creating a set of labels and defining each."