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Nathan Cortez JD on FDA Regulation of Mobile Health Technologies

One of the hottest topics in mHealth is FDA Regulation - Listen to this TDWI podcast as Nathan Cortez, JD, a leading expert in field, addresses the issues.
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Are Your Spices Filthy?

Did it ever cross your mind that the spices you buy from the supermarket may be contaminated?
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Kristof Asks the Right Question about the Newtown Slaughter and Guns

We need more mental health services and we need to come together, but to stop mass killings, we need to have the courage to do something meaningful about guns.
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Science for Sale: The Very Sad Case of Medtronic’s “Infuse”

Pharma and medical device companies have been helping to write scientific papers about their products for years endangering the integrity of the peer-review process.
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Why Did This Medical Board Protect a Very Bad Doctor?

A physician repeatedly crossed ethical boundaries by encouraging kickbacks, prescribing inappropriately, and billing fraudulently. Yet, he was able to maintain his license for years after the initial event.

Plan B and the Clash of Science and Politics

First: the epidemiological facts (NYT, Dec. 8, 2011) About 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned More than 40% of children are born to unwed...
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A Conversation about Dietary Supplements

I know when I tread on people’s cherished beliefs when I get pushback from readers, some of it ,let’s say, quite emotional. But that’s...
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Nesiritide, the Lost Decade, and the Pinto

Topol writes that $1 billion was wasted on heart failure drug Nesiritide. If the story was more like the Pinto story, we would see efforts to recoup the money.

Reflections on Our Life with Cancer: Hitting Bottom

Elaine's experience is showing us that maintaining a sunny disposition becomes far more difficult as the challenge drags on, and the prospects for getting better become more uncertain.
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Tobacco Legislation: A Case Study of Democracy in Action

This legislation has been negotiated by Congress with Philip Morris for about 5 years and it smells fishy and full of racism.

Mercury in Our Food

In its organic form as methylmercury, it can wreak havoc on the nervous system, especially when it is in its developmental stage, namely fetal and early childhood.

Crimes and Punishments: Zheng and Crawford

China executed Zheng Xiaoyu, head of its State Food and Drug Administration. This contrasts sharply with our response to similar behaviors by our own FDA head.