Nonprofit Organization Pushes Big Pharma’s Agenda

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From HealthNewsReview.org: The Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA), a nonprofit organization that claims to advocate for patients to have access to FDA-approved treatments, has consistently worked...

The $3 Billion Research Breakdown

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In this piece for Medscape, Jodi S. Cohen chronicles the research malpractice case of child psychiatrist Mani Pavuluri, who put vulnerable children at serious risk...

BMJ Reports on Conflict-of-Interest Transparency Movement

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Two articles in the British Medical Journal this month discuss the problem of widespread conflicts of interest in medicine and psychiatry, and provide updates...

Researchers Call for Structural Competency in Psychiatry

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Structural competency in psychiatry emphasizes the social factors shaping patient presentations and encourages physician advocacy.

“Boiling Frustration” Among Protesting Psychiatrists

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AlterNet has published a feature story about prominent critical psychiatrist and MIA Foreign Correspondent David Healy, who "says his output and reputation have had...

Counter-Messaging Downplays Effectiveness of Exercise for Depression

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Counter-messaging and a lack of critical analysis may lead doctors away from suggesting exercise for depression.

“Is Science Broken?” — Report from the Debate

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-A recent debate involving Neuroskeptic and other panelists with backgrounds in neuroscience and psychology asked if science's growing problems can be fixed.

The Inaugural “Shkreli Awards!”

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This piece for the Lown Institute lists 10 of the most egregious examples of profit-mongering and lack of empathy in healthcare in 2017. These examples include...

“Drugs, Greed and a Dead Boy”

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New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, relates the story of Andrew Francesco, a boy who began taking Ritalin at age five and died from complications with Seroquel when he was fifteen. His father, a former pharmaceutical industry executive, reveals the industry’s greed in his memoir “Overmedicated and Undertreated.” Now the industry is pushing for a first-amendment right to market its drugs for off-label uses.

Problem Behaviors are Medicalized in White Children and Criminalized in Black Children

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Race often determines whether school punishment or therapy and drugs will be used to address children’s problem behaviors.

The Genetics of Schizophrenia: A Left Brain Theory about a Right Brain Deficit in...

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In recent months, two teams of researchers in the UK and the US published complementary findings about the epigenetic origins of schizophrenia that have scientific communities who indulge in ‘genetic conspiracy theories’ abuzz. While these results are intriguing, and no doubt involve pathbreaking research methodologies, this line of thought represents a decontextualized understanding both of the symptoms that are typically associated with schizophrenia, and their causes.

“BMJ Editor Fiona Godlee Takes on Corruption in Science”

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In this video from CBC News, BMJ editor Fiona Godlee takes on “corruption of the scientific process.” "There will be commercial pressures, academic pressures,...

New Site Names Companies Who Fail to Report on Clinical Trials

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From Pacific Standard: The U.S. government has never penalized anyone for breaking a law that requires institutions to report the results of clinical trials. A...

Social Adversity and Crime Victimization Increase Risk of Psychotic Experiences Five Fold

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Researchers parse out factors within urbanicity that leads to risk for psychotic experiences.

FDA Approved Drugs may Become Riskier

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From the Center for Health Journalism: President Trump's plans to speed up the process of FDA drug approvals, in combination with the increase of off-label...

Misconceptions About Brain Science Very Common, Study Finds

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Researchers investigate commonly held misconceptions about brain research among Americans.

United Nations Rep Brings Attention to Human Rights Violations in Psychiatry

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Dr. Dainius Pūras argues that the status quo in mental health treatment is no longer acceptable and demands political action to promote human rights.

We Need to pay Better Attention to Medication Side Effects

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From KevinMD.com: Doctors often fail to recognize that their patients' symptoms are side effects of medication. "Cognitive dissonance, a universal human phenomenon, is based on the assumption...

Sociologist Questions Effectiveness and Ethics of Mental Health Services

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Medical sociologist David Pilgrim argues that mental health care is neither effective nor “kindly,” as it often relies on flawed research and ineffective treatments.

“Justina’s Law” seeks to curb experimentation on foster children

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A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have introduced a bill called "Justina's Law" to limit federal funding for medical research involving foster children, according...

Textbooks Provide Misleading Information on the Neurobiology of ADHD

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When it comes to ADHD, some researchers suggest that medical textbooks provide inaccurate and misleading information.

“Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell”

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For CounterPunch, Martha Rosenberg and Ronnie Cummins comment on the announcement that Bayer has placed a bid to buy Monsanto. “Bayer and Monsanto both...

Experts Demand Shutdown of ECT Study

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A group of mental health experts are calling for Manchester University and the UK National Institute for Health Research to immediately suspend and investigate...

Epidemiologists Decry Major Problems in US Psychiatric Practice

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In an exchange published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, researchers take turns highlighting major problems in the way psychiatry is currently practiced in the United States. In response to an article by Vinay Prasad calling for an insistence on randomized control trials in “evidence-based” medicine, Jose de Leon, from the Mental Health Research Center at the University of Kentucky begins the back-and-forth by pointing out that this type of evidence has been detrimental to the field of mental health.

World Health Organization “Opens the Doors Wide to Corporate Influence”

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-Is the World Health Organization moving towards developing tighter ties with corporations through its new "Framework of Engagement with non-State Actors"?