More funding for ethics needed to study conflicts of interest
Letter to NIH head Francis Collins
The National Institutes of Health is being asked to fund a study of the ethics of conflicts of interest between medicine and science and industry. A strongly-worded letter the NIH head Francis Collins from more than 100 biomedical researchers, journal editors, and health care administrators claims that: “There is growing evidence that each strand of this web [of relationships] is compromised by ethical lapses and financial conflicts of interest.”.
The letter was coordinated by Dr Adriane Fugh-Berman, a Georgetown University researcher who specialises in studying to what degree scientific conclusions are tainted by commercial motives. She admitted to the magazine The Scientist that part of the motivation for the letter was her research group’s empty bank account. She is a director of PharmedOut, which educates physicians on how the pharmaceutical industry influences prescribing practices. ~ The Scientist, Nov 17
- How long can you put off seeing the doctor because of lockdowns? - December 3, 2021
- House of Lords debates assisted suicide—again - October 28, 2021
- Spanish government tries to restrict conscientious objection - October 28, 2021
A first in France: a trans mum and a trans dad
Trigger warning: if you are easily confused by gender pronouns, this story from France may cause heart palpitations. February 19...
Nigerian power couple convicted in London over organ trafficking plot
In May last year, a young Nigerian man stumbled into a police station into the English town of Staines, in...
Cease and desist: Dutch sperm donor who has fathered 550 children is being sued
A Dutch woman and a foundation for children of sperm donors are suing a Dutch man for fathering too many...
Should intractable mental illness make you eligible for euthanasia?
Canada is in the middle of a vigorous debate about whether incurable mental illness is grounds for Medical Assistance in...
Belgium to permit multiple gender ID changes
Belgium will permit people to change their gender identity as often as they want. The Minister of Justice, Vincent Van...
Nature’s foray into politics may have backfired
In the 2020 election, a swag of high-profile science journals, including Nature, Science, The Lancet, and the New England Journal...