Monday, December 11, 2017

Bias, Corruption & Accountability

Hospitals Need to Earn Their Tax-Exempt Status

From STAT: Many of the country's most profitable and prominent hospitals enjoy tax-exempt status even though they often fail to meet the health needs of...

Study Examines the Difficulty of Withdrawing from Antidepressant Drugs

Correcting unnecessary long-term antidepressant use is difficult and met with apprehension by providers and service-users

There’s No Such Thing As “Sound Science”

In this piece for FiveThirtyEight, Christie Aschwanden explains how various industries have used the language of the "open science" reform movement, which advocates for more transparency in scientific...

Licensed to Bill: How Doctors Profit From Injury Assessments

From The Globe and Mail: Doctors are making millions of dollars a year by providing independent medical evaluations of accident victims for the auto-insurance industry....

Researchers Find Oddities in High-Profile Gender Studies

From Ars Technica: Psychologist Nicolas Guéguen's numerous research studies in the field of social psychology have yielded results that demonstrate and fuel binary models of...

Is the FDA Withholding Data to Protect a Drug Manufacturer?

From Scientific American: The FDA seems determined to prevent the public from accessing valuable data about the safety, efficacy, and potential adverse effects of the...

Misconceptions About Brain Science Very Common, Study Finds

Researchers investigate commonly held misconceptions about brain research among Americans.

Are Nurses the New Sales Reps? Doctors Should be Aware

From STAT: According to a recently unsealed lawsuit, Eli Lilly has illegally hired nurses to promote its diabetes treatments to physicians and patients for the...

The Trump Administration Isn’t Taking on Health Care Waste

From U.S. News: The Trump administration is not taking any actions to address the epidemic of waste, i.e. unnecessary tests and treatments, in the medical...

The Epidemic of “Junk Science”

From The Lown Institute: Every year, we spend $240 billion to fund biomedical research. According to a science reporter and author Richard Harris, as much as half...

Study Challenges Assumption that Schizophrenia Impairs Cognitive Ability

Secondary factors may impair performance on cognitive tasks, making it difficult for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia to perform to the best of their ability.

Children Diagnosed with ADHD Younger are More Likely to get Multiple Medications

New research demonstrates that children diagnosed with ADHD at younger ages are more likely than those diagnosed later to receive multiple medications within five years of their diagnosis.
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How Psychiatry Evolved Into A Religion

Biological psychiatry has managed to stealthily become America’s first state-sponsored religion, by disguising itself as a helpful, scientific medical field. Millions have been led astray by its lies, and enslaved by its labels and drugs. It will take ten plagues to free them. Psychiatry’s tenth plague has only just begun.

Beyond Critique: Psychologists Discuss Diagnostic Alternatives

The Journal of Humanistic Psychology compiles diverse research offering diagnostic alternatives toward a paradigm shift in mental health care.

Science is Broken

In this piece for Aeon, Siddhartha Roy and Marc A. Edwards explore how increasingly perverse incentives and the academic business model are affecting scientific practices and...

Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims

From Psychology Today: The American Psychological Association has just issued guidelines for treating trauma that are backed by faulty science. The research behind the guidelines...

Scientists Call for Increased Transparency in Research

Scientists at the Yale Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) published a new policy paper this month criticizing the current state of biomedical research and calling for improved transparency in research methods.

Vermont Probes Whether Drug Makers Violated its Gift Ban

From STAT: The Vermont attorney general is currently investigating whether drug and medical device companies may have violated state law by giving gifts or payments to health...

Effects of Racism on Depression in Black College Women

Black college women endorse more perceived stress and depressive symptoms than White college women, highlighting the impacts of racism.

Former Eli Lilly Executive is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

From The New York Times: President Trump has nominated Alex M. Azar II, a former president of the American division of Eli Lilly, to be...

What New Zealand’s “Unfortunate Experiment” Can Teach Us

From the Boston Review: In his new book Doctors in Denial: The Forgotten Women in the "Unfortunate Experiment," Ronald W. Jones chronicles the history of New...

Outcome Reporting Bias in Antipsychotic Medication Trials

A new study in the journal Translational Psychiatry, an influential journal in biological psychiatry published by Nature, challenges the state of the research on antipsychotic drugs.

Pharmaceutical Industry Gifts Linked to Costlier Prescribing Practices

New study finds that pharmaceutical industry gifts to medical providers in Washington D.C. are associated with higher cost, higher volume prescribing behavior.

Vampire Medicines

In this piece, Dr. David Healy describes the various factors contributing to the lack of awareness surrounding the harmful and potentially dangerous effects of...

How a Focus on Rich Educated People Skews Brain Studies

From The Atlantic: Neuroimaging studies have traditionally scanned the brains of unrepresentative samples, focusing on Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic populations. Although the results...

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