Health News Review
  • Jun 27 2014

    The long list of warnings about community screening programs is getting longer

    Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society has said: “Many of these free screening things are designed more to get patients for hospitals and clinics and doctors than they are to benefit the patients. That’s a huge ethical issue that needs to be addressed.” Three authors, including the executive vice president [...]

  • Dec 19 2013

    PBS NewsHour debate on Glaxo drug marketing announcement was almost waste of time

    GlaxoSmithKline announced this week that it would begin the “process to end direct payments to healthcare professionals for speaking engagements or attendance at medical conferences by start of 2016″ and that it would stop paying drug reps based on the number of prescriptions that doctors write. The announcement got a lot of news coverage. Disappointing [...]

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  • Oct 3 2013

    Medical ethics case study: Speculating on Public Figure’s Mental Health

    Dr. John Henning Schumann writes on the AMA’s Virtual Mentor Journal of Ethics website, “Speculating on a Public Figure’s Mental Health.” Schumann, who is dabbling in radio himself these days, focuses on a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine who was interviewed on the radio about her theories about what happened when a 16-year-old tenth grader [...]

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  • Jul 12 2013

    “Our medical schools must not become shills for big pharma”

    A commentary in the Globe and Mail today, “Our medical schools must not become shills for big pharma,” begins: “Most Canadians might be surprised to learn that medical students in Canada are routinely taught by faculty who have financial ties, and work in partnership, with drug companies. Conflict of interest (COI) policies at medical schools [...]

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  • May 24 2013

    Call for fact-checking over transcription: Questions journalists should ask about a psych drug trial suicide

    The following is a guest post by Carl Elliott MD, PhD, a professor in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota and a writer with credits many journalists would envy. ————————————– Five years ago, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the violent death of Dan Markingson in an industry-sponsored antipsychotic study at the [...]

  • May 22 2013

    Doc complains, gets “misleading” bus ads promoting screening banned

    On a BMJ blog, Dr. Margaret McCartney writes about her irritation after seeing ads on the side of buses in Glasgow (where she lives) promoting screening tests but not divulging that this was to recruit people into clinical trials.  She and her daughter took photos of the ads, and she shared those with me:   [...]

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  • Apr 22 2013

    Addressing the Ethical Morass at the Intersection of Media, Medicine and Public Health

    I’m honored to be invited to present the 16th Annual Mates David and Hinna Stahl Memorial Lecture at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey tomorrow (April 23). My topic: “Addressing the Ethical Morass at the Intersection of Media, Medicine and Public Health.” (Addendum on April 25: now [...]

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  • Jan 10 2013

    Positive spin on cancer studies – warnings to researchers, journalists, and the public

    2013 is off to a tough start for my family with my 92-year old Dad being hospitalized over the holidays with flu and pneumonia, precipitating a move to an assisted living facility for him and increasing caregiving issues for us. So the volume of publishing on this site may be down a bit.  I may [...]

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  • Dec 14 2012

    New word of the week: 23andMe aims to valorize your spit

    The following is a guest post by Alan Cassels, a drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria.  Alan was founder of Media Doctor Canada, a project very similar to our, but a project that is unfortunately on the shelf for now. ————————————————- Life might be looking up for 23andMe, the world’s largest dataset [...]

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  • Nov 21 2012

    Bioethicist: Were Research Subjects Mistreated in the CATIE Study?

    The following is republished with the permission of its author, Carl Elliott, MD, PhD. It originally appeared on the website, Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Community. The suicide of Dan Markingson at the University of Minnesota has brought notoriety to the CAFÉ study and its site investigators, Stephen Olson and Charles Schulz.  But the [...]