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Latest health and medical news from The Conversation

Latest health and medical news from The Conversation

Continuing a series of regular updates of health and medical reading at The Conversation… Thanks to Reema Rattan for providing this summary, which covers articles about the safety of vitamin supplements, health financing, humane approaches to preventing crime, disability services, ghostwriting of research articles, patenting of stem cell inventions, and the latest legal developments in […]

Truth in scientific publishing? Not quite what it seems…

Truth in scientific publishing? Not quite what it seems…

The Vioxx case in the Federal Court in Melbourne continues to produce a stream of interesting and illuminating revelations although I had to chuckle at one specialist’s efforts to downplay his profession’s skills in marketing. “I would have thought getting medical practitioners to be marketers would have been the death knell of a product because […]

Why the ghostwriters are sending shivers up medical spines

Why the ghostwriters are sending shivers up medical spines

It’s extremely likely that a number of Australian medicos suffered some uncomfortable “there but for the grace of God go I” moments this week. The immediate cause of their discomfort was the New York Times revelation that Wyeth had paid ghostwriters to produce medical journal articles favourable to its hormone replacement therapy product. Dozens of […]