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Thirsty for drinkable water in Torres Martinez

Mary Belardo drives down the half-mile dirt road to her home. Her house – built by All Mission Indian Housing Authority – sits on a nearly 40 acre allotment on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Thermal, Calif.

Old Cases, New Cases, Sad Cases, True Cases

An exasperating series of convictions and exonerations has reminded me both how big a price child-care providers are paying in the child-abuse arena and how hard it is to pin down the facts about shaken baby syndrome....

Diabetes Advocates Offer Assistance in Accurate Reporting in the Media

”We want to help get it right,” states diabetes advocacy group

Dentist to the Stars Sued for Suppressing Bad Reviews Online

A first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit filed against a New York dentist is bringing to light a dubious tactic some medical doctors employ to protect their reputations.

Excerpt: Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

In this excerpt from Kathleen Sharp's new book, two friends-turned-pharma-whistleblowers attend an extravagant Wild West  trip rewarding them for selling the prescription drug Procrit.

Right place, right time: Ten months in, DHHR chief focused on prevention

A formerly sickly child, West Virginia's top health official finds himself in the position to affect the health of more than 400,000 West Virginians enrolled in Medicaid, DHHR's biggest program.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporters won the patient protection prize

Learn more about the key role two St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalists played in a new state law giving Missouri's medical board some real power to protect patients.

Devaughndre Broussard: The Road to Double Murder

Devaugndre Broussard grew up in three violent neighborhoods: San Francisco's Bayview-Hunter's Point and Western Addition and Richmond's Iron Triangle. His mother went to prison for drug sales when he was only 10 months old. She went back to prison several times while he grew up, sending him to a series of foster homes. A girlfriend who attended some of Broussard's early court appearances told the Chauncey Bailey Project this might've set the tone for his life. He's one of many people she knows who lived in foster homes where "parents" were more interested in the monthly county check than in their foster kids.

Two Healing Traditions Meet on the Plains

The National Library of Medicine plans an exhibit of Native American healing practices this fall. In preparation, its physician-director met and questioned nine renowned Indian medicine men in Bismark, ND, a rare encounter.

The Markingson Files: Can pressure to recruit patients subvert a clinical trial?

Bioethicist and writer Carl Elliott used many documents to piece together the story of how a research team desperate for patients helped create a pipeline for clinical trial participants by setting up a psychiatric ward. Here's how he did it.

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