Health News Review
  • Jul 5 2012

    Iain Chalmers on publication bias

    Iain Chalmers, British health-services researcher, and founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, recently wrote a column, “Publish or Perish.”  Excerpts: “…failure to publish research results is by far the most common and worrying form of scientific and ethical misconduct in health research – and it has had lethal consequences. Anecdotal evidence of publication bias has existed [...]

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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 22 2012

    Journal launches big series on “Big Food” and public health

    The journal PLoS Medicine has begun to publish a series of articles -  “a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the role in health of Big Food, which we define as the multinational food and beverage industry with huge and concentrated market power.”  Excerpt of an editors’ note: “The time is ripe for PLoS Medicine to shine [...]

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  • May 17 2012

    Ioannidis: “We need to move away from…big promises. Very little of what we do will be so lucky as to break new ground.”

    In the most recent issue of The NIH Record, which is the biweekly newsletter for employees of the National Institutes of Health, there’s an article about Dr. John Ioannidis, director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and someone whose work I’ve recommended to many audiences. Ioannidis recently spoke at a seminar sponsored by the NIH [...]

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  • Apr 13 2012

    Dueling viewpoints: Should a healthy middle-aged man with elevated cholesterol take a statin drug?

    The Journal of the American Medical Association debuted its “Dueling Viewpoints” feature with “the common clinical question of whether an otherwise healthy middle-aged man with an elevated cholesterol level should begin to take a statin” drug. Drs. Rita Redberg and Miitchell Katz, editor and deputy editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine, write that “Healthy [...]

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  • Mar 19 2012

    BMJ news releases, observational studies, overstatement

    Canadian physician-blogger Yoni Freedhoff writes, “What Reading That White Rice and Diabetes Study Actually Told Me.” He analyzes methodological issues, questions the BMJ publishing the study, then adds: But that’s not the truly shocking part. This is. The BMJ published an accompanying editorial that rightly called the paper out on its methodological and statistical inadequacies and [...]

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  • Feb 22 2012

    Bioethics journal controversy reminds writers to be wary

    The following is a cross-post of a piece originally published on the Reporting on Health site by William Heisel, who is one of our story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org. ———————————————————————————————————- Academic journals often have authoritative names: Cardiology, Neurology, Pediatrics. Not to be outdone by the bold founders of the origins-of-everything journal Cell, a group of academics [...]

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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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  • Jan 31 2012

    Medical journal news releases shouldn’t just try to make news but to make news reporting better

    Not to be missed:  last week’s BMJ published an analysis by a team at Dartmouth Medical School led by Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz – “Influence of medical journal press releases on the quality of associated newspaper coverage.” This is an important contribution to our understanding of the food chain of the dissemination of research [...]

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  • Jan 5 2012

    Orthopaedic surgeons: as strong as an ox and almost twice as clever?

    The following is a guest post from Harold DeMonaco, one of our expert story reviewers on HealthNewsReview.org.  He is Director of the Innovation Support Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital. ————————————————————————————————————————————— An orthopedic colleague recently provided me with a wonderful article from the British Medical Journal.  The editors of the Journal have a penchant for [...]

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