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Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children’s Hospital Might Be a Terrible Idea

Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there’s little support for its health benefits.

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Does It Matter That Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies?

Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.

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How Do Psychiatrists Treat Werewolves?

With psychotropic drug cocktails, of course.

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Medicare’s Drug Program Needs Stronger Protections Against Fraud

A new report finds that more than half of insurance companies in Medicare’s drug program haven’t reported fraud cases to the government. The findings echo an earlier investigation that found fraud flourishing in the program.

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In Defense of Studying the Duck Penis

Duck penis expert Patricia Brennan offers a catalog of all the amazing things that would not exist without the pursuit of “oddball” biological research.

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Personal Finance Tip: Don’t Get Sick, Injured, or Hurt in America

Why are common medical procedures so expensive in the United States?

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The Problem With Psychiatry, the ‘DSM,’ and the Way We Study Mental Illness

Psychiatry is under attack for not being scientific enough, but the real problem is its blindness to culture. When it comes to mental illness, we wear the disorders that come off the rack.

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When Hospital Regulations Go Too Far

A survey of surgical residents found that limiting work hours not only compromises education but leads to worse care for patients.

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Why Would a Medical Doctor Embrace an Unproven Treatment?

The curious case of NAET.

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How Much Do Financial Interests Sway Researchers?

A new report, though focused specifically on medical journals, reminds us to maintain a healthy level of skepticism when interpreting any study’s findings.

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