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Sometimes having too many choices leads to bad decision-making. As political candidates and policymakers toy with the idea of "consumer-driven" health care, it's worthwhile to look at a body of research in behavioral economics. Multiple choices may lead to confusion and poor choices....

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In his eye-opening new book, Dr. Otis Brawley takes aim at doctors who prescribe too much, drug companies who promise too much, and the system that rewards them both with hefty incomes and sales.

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A war of words has erupted at the University of Minnesota campus over bioethics writer and UM professor Carl Elliott’s reporting into the suicide of a schizophrenic patient enrolled in a clinical trial.

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Maryn McKenna has lived inside the "hot zone" for much of her reporting career. She honed her craft at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she was much admired for her coverage of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It takes skill to persuade any large government agency to give up some of its secrets, but McKenna did just that and turned them into fascinating stories. She has since taken the enviable career path of writing books.

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Dr. Anderson worked at the University of Chicago for 28 years, serving as director of the Center for Health Administration Studies and the graduate program in health adminsitration. He has been at UCLA for 14 years, previously serving as chair of the departmment of health services and professor in the department of sociology. He developed the behavioral model of health services, which has been extensively recognized nationally and internationally as a framework for access to medical care studies studies. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University.

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Mr. Kimble has taught in the psychology department at CSU Fresno for over 30 years and has specialized in psychology of physical disabilities for over 20 years. In the 1960s and 70s, he was the director of the Commission on Aging in Fresno County, coordinating establishment of over 30 programs. He also served as director of the Friendship Center for the Blind for 23 years and is active in the Fresno Human Services Coalition, composed of over 50 nonprofits.

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Nayan Shah is an associate professor of history at UCSD. Shah has expertise in the history of public health and medicine, the history of race, ethnicity and gender in the U.S. West, the history of the experiences of Asian immigrants to the United States and Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the historical context of gender and sexual identities in the United States. Shah writes about the individual topics and intersections of health, ethnicity, culture, and gender and sex in U.S. hstory.

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Dr. Kenneth Arrow is the Joan Kenney professor of economics and professor of operations research, emeritus; a fellow with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University; and a Stanford Insitute for International Studies (SIIS) senior fellow by courtesy.

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