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Jun 07, 2011



Three more questions:

When will the federal laws help these patients?

The FDA letter in this blog has given the reporting responsibility to Congress, but has anyone taken the next step to actually inform the patients?

Does President Obama know that this is happening in his home town?

Paul Thacker

Shelly, love your site. We never implied cause and effect regarding the WSJ and the two senators. Just to let you know, I was working for Grassley at the time, but since I didn't handle this issue, I'm not sure caused us to focus on the Myxo ring.

You're right that your site has done most of the heavy lifting on this issue. If you click on our links, you'll notice that we actually link to your site when we mention the WSJ coverage, because it's behind a firewall.

Still, when the WSJ puts something on it's front page, it moves the issue in ways that can't happen at specialty sites. And I agree, the big newspapers should mention who first reports on something, instead of ripping off coverage.

This actually happened to POGO just last week with the NY Times. And it's happened to me, when I was a reporter, more times that I care to remember.

Dan Walter

The Corporate/Medical Complex is completely out of control. Witness the corporate-driven "cure" for atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation, which is far less effective and more risky than advertised: http://collateral-damage.net

Shelley Wood

This is a succinct and interesting Q&A on an issue that has fascinated me ever since we first reported on it on theheart.org in 2008. And I suppose that's my only criticism here. It was irksome, to say the least, that the WSJ and later the Tribune didn't credit cardiology news-site, theheart.org, for having cracked open this complex issue in the first place, and have since garnered accolades (or implied ones) from blogs like this one for 'exposing' the issue. But consider the dates: a "front-page story in the Wall Street Journal" (December 2009) somehow managed to "grab the attention" of multiple US senators eight months before the WSJ story even ran (April 2009)! Newspapers may be facing an uncertain future, but at least in this instance, they actually managed to influence past events. Amazing!
Shelley Wood
Managing Editor, heartwire

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