Search Results for "conflict of interest"
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 […]
Criterion #6 Does the story use independent sources and identify conflicts of interest?
Healthcare–and health care journalism–is rife with conflicts of interest. When reading a story about a new intervention, people deserve to know if the sources in the story have financial or other relationships that might bias them, even subconsciously. They also deserve to hear the opinion of objective, independent third-party experts, who are vital to backstopping exaggerated […]5/17/2011
Cardiobrief raises questions of disease-mongering & conflicts of interest in familial hypercholesterolemia guidance
On his Cardiobrief blog, Larry Husten introduces: “…the first of a three-part series on the National Lipid Association. This first part focuses on the NLA’s publication of a series of papers offering expert guidance on familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and raises serious questions about the role of industry in the documents. The second part explores additional […]8/19/2010
Australian view: journalists, MDs, universities & conflicts of interest – an unholy mess
On the Croakey blog, Melissa Sweet writes about some burning conflict of interest questions in her corner of the world. Excerpt: “…it would be useful to have a central online registry where journalists and others could easily search to see the commercial ties and COI policies of health and medical experts. This might also be […]3/12/2010
The Prostate Cancer Treatment Bazaar, complete with lack of trial data & conflicts of interest
Not to be missed in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine is an invited commentary, “The Prostate Cancer Treatment Bazaar,” by Dr. Michael Barry. After describing about a dozen different treatment options for prostate cancer, Barry writes: “Complicating the decision, there is an embarrassing lack of comparative clinical trials among these therapies. In fact, for […]8/17/2009
Journal-Sentinel hunts ghosts, Badgers and health care conflicts of interest
Start lining up the awards for the series on conflict of interest published by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this year. Excerpts of the latest: “As fears were growing about the link between hormone therapy and breast cancer, a drug company paid the University of Wisconsin to sponsor ghostwritten medical education articles that downplayed the risks, records […]10/20/2008
Entanglements of conflicts of interest in health care news
The Integrity in Science Watch project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in this week’s e-newsletter, has two different but related “jeers” for failure to disclose conflicts in two different health journalism efforts. Their posting: Jeer to the National Press Foundation for an omission on its agenda for the Oct. 23 forum […]
Conflicts of interest among sources of health/medical news and information represent an enormous – and growing – problem.
Health care consumers, and news consumers, are often not told of the biases that may exist in medical research, in clinical care, or in health care professionals’ continuing medical education because of financial ties to drug companies and medical device manufacturers. Journalists, broadcasters, editors, and producers too often rely – wittingly or unwittingly – on […]5/6/2008
Undisclosed conflicts of interest in media interviews
Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee have a piece in Slate today that asks, “Are doctors shilling for drug companies on NPR?” The piece begins: “A few weeks ago, devoted listeners of National Public Radio were treated to an episode of the award-winning radio series The Infinite Mind called “Prozac Nation: Revisited.” The segment featured four […]9/7/2007
British M.D.-journalist slams journalists for conflicts of interest
Ben Goldacre, in this week’s BMJ writes: I was surprised last week by an email circular I received from a science writers’ mailing list. It was from the Aspirin Foundation, a group funded by the drug industry, and it was offering—on behalf of Bayer Healthcare—to pay expenses for journalists to attend the European Society of […]2/14/2006
Looking for conflicts of interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a newsletter called âIntegrity in Science Watch.â? You can subscribe by writing to: email@example.com. Last weekâs newsletter had this item: New York Times Fails To Disclose Researcher’s Ties to Antidepressant Makers A new study published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine showed an […]
Another conflicted all-expenses-paid junket offer by the National Press Foundation
Two months from now we will be in mid-winter, late January. How about four days in warm, sunny West Palm Beach, Florida? All-expenses-paid. How inviting. But how troubling. Once again. An email was sent to journalists this week announcing this junket funded by Bayer, a multinational drug company. Bayer markets a number of cardiovascular drugs […]
News release far too rosy/conflicted for small study on ovarian cancer test
This news release is far too rosy about the potential and far too limited about the remaining uncertainties.
New blood test detects early stage ovarian cancer
Serious potential harms and financial conflicts missing in recap of study on vaginal laser surgery for menopausal symptoms
The release fails to mention that the FDA has issued a warning against the use of vaginal laser surgery for menopausal symptoms.
Getting relief from sexual dysfunction and incontinence caused by menopause
2017 year-ender: Lots of interesting health news (if you’re a lab mouse)
Among the many things we might ask health care journalists to put on their to-do lists in 2018, dialing back on coverage of animal studies ranks near the top. Yet, we won’t be placing any bets: As with years past, 2017 was full of hyped-up headlines based on pre-clinical evidence. Big claims were made about memory […]