ALSO NOTED: Debate over medical marijuana picks up; Medical device lobby plans PR campaign; and much more...

> Are doctors too highly paid? It's certainly a politically charged question if ever there was one. Blogger Ezra Klein tackles it, with predictable results in his comment thread. Blog

> Forbes reports on the Washington PR campaign planned by the medical device lobby. Article

> The debate over medical marijuana picked up steam again, as the FDA released a report that concludes there "is no scientific evidence to back" the plant's use for medical purposes. Critics say the finding ignores the agency's own scientists. Article

> Is the mumps outbreak a consequence of the anti-vaccine movement? Writing in Slate, Arthur Allen argues that the scare over the supposed link between mercury and autism made the flare up inevitable. Article

> Doctors at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals are using a robot developed by the Gaumard Scientific Company to simulate childbirth. Article

> Shares of Rotech health, a maker of respiratory assistance equipment and other medical supplies for the home market, dropped sharply after the company warned that it is likely to take a hit from a change in Medicare reimbursement rates. Article

And Finally... Israeli doctors admit they made a mistake in treating Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with blood thinners after a mild stroke. The treatment is believed to have contributed to Sharon's second stroke. Article