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October 24, 2013

By Avery Kleinman

Dangers of Military Burn Pits Highly Disputed



Burn Pit Countless individuals who worked near burn-pits that the military and government contractors use to dispose of waste in Iraq and Afghanistan say the fumes caused serious illnesses, but so far, little research has been done to disprove or corroborate this t

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Topics: Public Health and Science

August 29, 2013

By Andre Francisco

New Book to Chronicle Camp Lejeune Water Contamination



Camp Lejeune Post Office A new book about the thirty-five years of water contamination at Camp Lejeune that sickened hundreds of thousands of Marines and their families will be released early next year, according to an article in the Military Times.

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March 22, 2013

By Andre Francisco

FDA to Tighten Regulations on Defibrillators



Automated External Defibrillator After 45,000 malfunctions and 88 recalls since 2005, the Food and Drug Administration is seeking tougher regulations on the heart defibrillator industry, according to an article in The New York Times.

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February 12, 2013

By Andre Francisco

POGO's Staff Scientist Says New Doctor Rules Promote Transparency



Drug and FDA Issues New disclosure rules for doctors on advisory panels for the Food and Drug Administration are meant to increase transparency without discouraging doctors from serving on the panels, according to Ned Feder, POGO's staff scientist.

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February 4, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Government to Require Greater Doctor Payment Transparency



Drug and FDA Issues The federal government announced it would require drug and medical device makers to publicly disclose their payments to doctors and hospitals.

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