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Although hospitals in the Valley have preventive measures in place, some are finding that it’s not until an incident happens that a facility knows what more to improve.
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The University of Minnesota is replacing the chairman of its psychiatry department following two scathing reviews of its safety protocols in research involving human subjects and its recruitment of a troubled man who later died by suicide in a schizophrenia drug trial.

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Dan Markingson suffered from schizophrenia and killed himself in May 2004 while taking part in a clinical trial for an antipsychotic drug made by AstraZeneca. The evolving case continues to highlight problems of research oversight at the university and state levels.

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Over a series of posts, I’m going to try to break down some of the broad categories of data, discuss how they are used and point out some of their limitations. I’m going to cover four main areas: vital statistics, censuses, surveys, and estimates.

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Bioethicist Leigh Turner describes how the stem cell company Celltex tried to intimidate him and his university when he asked the FDA to investigate the company.

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Bioethicist Leigh Turner talks about why he sicced the FDA on Celltex and about academic rivalries in the world of bioethics.

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Bioethicist Leigh Turner, recently under fire from a stem cell company he criticized for ethical problems, talks about his research on medical tourism.

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When controversial bioethicist Glenn McGee quit his job as chief ethics advisor to Houston-based Celltex Therapeutics in February, the controversy over the company was on the verge of dying down. Until Celltex threatened a major public university and the very concept of free speech.

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Any investigative reporter will tell you that a case dismissal does not necessarily mean a victory. Here's how that rule of thumb figures into the case of Dan Markingson, who committed suicide after participating in a clinical trial for the psychiatric drug Seroquel.

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A candid email from a university publicist sheds some, but not enough, light on why the university won't provide documents from a controversial Seroquel clinical study.

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