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Hospital infection deaths "in the shadows," a food pyramid replacement, and a YouTube food safety exposé, plus more from our Daily Briefing. 

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How did we get to the point where we actually pay popular doctors more for our health care? No such system exists in any other professional or non-professional field. You can’t even pay your plumber less if she has a lower customer satisfaction score.

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The CDC "is prepared" for a zombie apocalypse, hospitals exaggerate the safety of robot surgery, emergency room closings and more from our Daily Briefing. 

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William Heisel interviews Delaware journalist Jonathan Starkey about how he uncovered life-threatening denials of diagnostic tests by an insurer.

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The new filing by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency against Dr. Scott Bickman for his role in a California painkiller mill reveals a very sad truth. Maria Garcia’s death could almost certainly have been avoided.

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Empowering patients has been a health care mantra for at least a decade. But patients can only do so much to protect themselves from harm, especially when it comes to hospital-acquired infections.

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Could a penny-an-ounce soda tax in California save public schools and help children's health? Answers and more in today's Daily Briefing.

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The charade perpetrated by William Hamman, the United Airlines pilot who had a second, lucrative career as a fake cardiologist, is starting to have consequences.

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Dr. David C. Martin may be onto something. In three Antidote posts last week, he made the case that health care workers should not wear surgical scrubs out in public. If seen doing so, they should be confronted. Now, doctors are talking back. 

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The idea of telling health care workers they should not wear their scrubs outside the hospital lit up the social media world this week. Dr. David C. Martin, a retired Sacramento anesthesiologist who abhors the too-casual practice of scrubs on the street, has hit a nerve.

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