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  When Jessica Palmer gave a talk at the “Unruly Democracy” conference last month, she gave what appears, from her after-the-fact blog post excerpted here, to have been a semi-contrarian take on blogospheric civiility: What I did endeavor to convey in my brief talk was the difficulty of blogging on interdisciplinary borders, where science meets…

Never know what’ll top the charts. Top post was a post I put up in January, “Pfizer takes $2.3 billion offl-label marketing fine.” That post reported the news (via FiercePharma) that Pfizer had tucked away in its financial disclosure forms a $2.3 billion charge to end the federal investigation into allegations of off-label promotions of…

It’s been 26 years since health-care reform failed. Does the debate reflect anything that’s happened since? From The Columbia Journalism Review: “The idea that we’ve made a great breakthrough just isn’t so,” says Jonathan Oberlander, a health-policy expert at the University of North Carolina. “Most of the plans today are direct descendants of what was…

Rolling deadlines have kept me from the blogging desk, but I can occupy it long enough now to call out a few items that either haven’t received as much coverage as they might have — or that have gotten several interesting hits. • At Huffpost, Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee offer the FDA a three-step…

This post by Science’s Jennifer Couzin at ScienceInsider suggests how much serious overhaul the FDA needs. Looks like some scientists at the Food and Drug Administration are doing what they can to influence president elect Obama’s choice of their new boss. Nine scientists have written to Obama’s transition team pleading with him to restructure the…