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All at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi's administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest.

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The Obama administration is laying the legal groundwork to strongly encourage (read: enforce) more transparency between pharmaceutical companies and doctors by requiring drugmakers to divulge the details of their monetary exchanges with M.D.s for various services and perks.

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While medical doctors are a historically conservative bunch, many physicians are beginning to lean left as they abandon the high costs and responsibilities associated with running private practices to take salaried jobs in hospitals, doctors' advocates say. (more)

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As most recent presidents have done, Barack Obama has released the results of his annual physical examination. Doctors are reporting the president is in "excellent health" despite his continued struggle with addiction to nicotine.

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What ends up (or doesn't) in the DSM manual, otherwise known as the bible of psychiatry, can have a major impact on patients, doctors and, of course, Big Pharma. So, it's no surprise that the debates and discussions around what will be included in the DSM's fifth edition are already involved and intense, some three years before the guidebook is due to be released.

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After just 37 minutes of deliberation, a Kansas jury found Scott Roeder, the man who admitted killing abortion doctor George Tiller, guilty of first-degree murder, rejecting his defense that the killing was justified to stop the death of the unborn.

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Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman congressman who formerly figured among the famous "Blue Dog" Democrats in Congress, has reportedly decided to defect to the GOP after breaking with his party over health care reform. This shift in the Democratic ranks could spell trouble for the 2010 election, especially if Rep. Griffith's switchover inspires others to follow suit.

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