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Two Florida Priests Accused of Pilfering

Two priests stationed at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach have been accused of absconding with millions in parish funds. The church, located in the Diocese of Palm Beach, lost $8.6 million in funds earmarked for parish operations, a school, and the poor. The two priests, Monsignor John Skehan, who was pastor at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church for four decades, was arrested…

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New Twist in Tobacco Cases

When federal judge Jack Weinstein ruled yesterday that he had found substantial evidence that the so-called light cigarettes were just as dangerous as regular cigarettes and the manufacturers knew it, it opened a potential flood gate of litigants. That’s why Judge Weinstein argued in favor of granting the class action status. Interestingly, the case which was first filed in 2004, does not…

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Docs Told to Avoid Financial Ties to Drug Research

Physicians’ financial interests should not overtake the needs of a patient when it comes to dealing with drug and medical device manufacturers. This was the obvious conclusion arrived at by a group of bio-ethicists at a conference hosted by Cleveland Clinic and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The recent spate of ethical issues over doctors’ involvment with drug and device…

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Big Tobacco and Big Oil Make Strange Bedfellows

As the 2006 election season heats up, two of the largest industries in the country are pouring millions of dollars into campaigns to keep their corporate profits rolling. A recent San Francisco Chronicle article on big tobacco, the author states that oil and tobacco are pouring huge sums of money into campaign coffers. Hopefully, voters will be swayed by good public policy and not the big…

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Boston Scientific Confirms Increased Risk Linked to its Stent

A leading stent manufacturer has admitted that there is an increased clot risk for those with Boston Scientific’s cardiac stent. It is the first acknowledgment by a stent maker of an increased risk of the dangerous side effect of stents, which are small wire-mesh tubes used to keep previously clogged arteries open. Drug-coated stents, which are coated with medicine to prevent the growth of…