Health News Review
  • 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 HealthNewsReview.org. 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 TheScientist.com

    Both worth a closer look: An opinion piece on TheScientist.com, “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 HealthNewsReview.org 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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  • Jun 27 2012

    The saga of the chocolate shoes and the MA drug company gift ban

    Sounds like a children’s bedtime story, doesn’t it? WBZ-TV in Boston reports, “Time To Reverse Pharmaceutical Gift Ban?” Excerpt: Supporters say a gift ban was needed to change a too-cozy relationship between drug companies and doctors. But critics say it’s costing the Massachusetts economy millions. … “It is costing our state tens of millions of [...]

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  • May 16 2012

    BMJ blog on Nestlé & diabetes foundation: comfortable bedfellows?

    Deborah Cohen, on a BMJ blog, writes: Nestlé has just announced a three year partnership with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF)—an umbrella organisation representing national diabetes societies from around the world— as part of its contribution to the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Such diseases include cardiovascular disease, cancer respiratory illness and diabetes. … The [...]

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  • Feb 1 2012

    Readers may be snared in heart journal’s tangled web of conflicts

    The following is a guest post by Kevin Lomangino, one of our story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org. 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. ———————————————————————————————- Blogger Marilyn Mann [...]

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  • Dec 22 2011

    Pharma Ghosts Haunt New Hormone Research

    The following is a guest post by William Heisel, one of our HealthNewsReview.org story reviewers, and publisher of his own excellent blog, Antidote: Investigating Untold Health Stories. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————– Italian researchers this week published a small study indicating that a type of hormone could help improve the sex lives of women going through menopause. Stories about [...]

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  • Nov 7 2011

    AP’s scanner story: blueprint for including conflict of interest in daily stories

    The following is a guest blog post by William Heisel, one of our story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org. ———————————————————————————————————–When writers mention conflict of interest in a story it typically is in one context: researchers taking money from Big Pharma. But conflicts abound in medical research, so much so that documenting all the conflicts can seem daunting, [...]

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  • Oct 27 2011

    Pharma-sponsored health journalism at Australia’s national newspaper

    The Australian is a Rupert Murdoch newspaper – Australia’s only national newspaper. It has been running articles and video clips about health policy in a series called “Health of the Nation”, sponsored by an Australian drug industry group. The series culminated in a glossy, 24-page magazine that included feature articles, and advertorials and advertisements for [...]

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