Health News Review
  • Jan 14 2013

    Colonoscopy, conflicts of interest, and cautionary tales

    Dr. Michael Kirsch, who claims that “when I’m not writing, I’m performing colonoscopies, has published a blog post, “Is Colonoscopy the Best Colon Cancer Screening Test?” It’s an excellent piece, which I encourage you to read in its entirety.  It touches on medical conflicts of interest, comparative effectiveness research, the medical arms race, medical marketing [...]

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  • Jan 3 2013

    Catching up on Conflict of Interest news. Please make it stop.

    A little end-of-the-year clean up of desk clutter never hurts.  Well, yes it does when you see the accumulation of health care confilct of interest stories that have piled up recently.  I had started this cleanup at the end of 2012 but am just now getting around to publishing it. Doctors with links to drug [...]

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  • Nov 30 2012

    Reconciling primary care and specialist perspectives on prostate screening

    I recommend that you read a thoughtful “Reflection” piece in the Annals of Family Medicine, “Reconciling Primary Care and Specialist Perspectives on Prostate Cancer Screening.” The authors quote Kipling: “Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” And unfortunately that appears to be the case with many discussions about [...]

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  • Nov 1 2012

    Reporting on the Medtronic mess – a recipe for home cooking in Twin Cities?

    One of the most thorough examinations of the Senate Finance Committee report on Medtronic’s research and marketing of its spinal surgery product, Infuse, was delivered by Roy Poses on his Health Care Renewal blog: “Marketers’ Systemic Influence over Ostensibly Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Publications: the Medtronic Infuse BMP-2 Example.” His powerful concluding suggestion: “Going forward, we must [...]

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  • Oct 5 2012

    Potpourri: What is AHA smoking? Will flu shots keep you healthy? Why do some oppose comparative effectiveness research?

    Before we wrap up the week, here are some items published this week that we think readers of this blog will be interested in: Dr. Yoni Freedhoff writes, “I Want Some of What the American Heart Association is Smoking” – admonishing the AHA for partnering with Frito-Lay on a fundraiser. Public Citizen calls on the [...]

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  • Sep 24 2012

    More on publication bias and conflict of interest

    Recently, I wrote about an article published by PLoS One that pointed out the potential for flawed reporting on the results of published clinical trials. Now, Harold DeMonaco, one of our story reviewers and a frequent guest blogger on our site, writes about an article and accompanying editorial in the September 20 edition of the [...]

  • Aug 15 2012

    Guest post followup: Why does National Library of Medicine still index Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine?

    The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, one of our story reviewers on He is an independent medical journalist and editor who is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Nutrition Insight, a monthly evidence-based newsletter which reviews the scientific literature on nutrition for physicians and dietitians. He tweets as @Klomangino. ———————————————————————————— Why Is the [...]

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  • Aug 8 2012

    Disclosing conflict of interest: two pieces in

    Both worth a closer look: An opinion piece on, “Bias Is Unavoidable:  Simply disclosing conflicts of interest is not enough.” and An opinion piece, “Off-Label Drug Disclosure Inadequate:  Some 85 percent of researchers involved in promoting off-label drug use do not adequately disclose financial conflicts of interest in published articles.”

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  • Jul 2 2012

    Guest post: be wary of legislation to have the foxes guard the health care hen house.

    The following is a guest post from Dr. Richard Hoffman, MD, MPH, one of our reviewers. ———————————————————————— We live in interesting times.  Last week, the Supreme Court largely upheld the Affordable Care Act.* Two weeks ago, legislation (H.R. 5998) was introduced that threatens the autonomy of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The legislation [...]

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  • Jun 28 2012

    Study looks at possible publication bias/conflict of interest in medical journals

    A study published in the BMJ analyzed “the extent to which funding and study design are associated with high reprint orders.”  The authors explain: Reprints of published articles are a potential valuable means of disseminating information. Many individuals and organisations may request reprints, including the authors of the articles themselves, other members of the scientific [...]

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