Thursday, June 4, 2020

Bias, Corruption & Accountability

Council For Evidence-based Psychiatry Responds to Angry Lancet Commentary

In July, The Lancet Psychiatry published a commentary attacking Peter Gotzsche and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, suggesting their criticism of the lack of...

Scientific Studies Biased by Reward Systems

The production of modern scientific studies is fundamentally biased and most often leads to unreliable results that no one will be funded to try...

Psychiatrist Says He was “Coached” in Drug Trial Manipulation

In a video interview with Psychetruth, psychiatrist Dr. Colin Ross provides a concise introduction to the challenges and problems of relying on information from...

Homeless People Recruited into Psychiatric Drug Trials

Matter magazine has published MIA Blogger Carl Elliott's investigation into the growing use of homeless people in the United States to test dangerous psychiatric...

BMJ Reports on Conflict-of-Interest Transparency Movement

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

FDA Invites Comments on Guidelines for Informed Consent

The United States Food and Drug Administration is inviting comments on its new draft guidelines for informed consent. "This guidance is intended to provide...

A Call to Crack Down on Scientific Fraudsters

In the New York Times, two co-founders of Retraction Watch ponder examples of scientists caught committing research fraud to gain grants and further their...

Suicidal Behavior After FDA Warnings

On June 18, the British Medical Journal published an article by Christine Lu, et al., titled Changes in antidepressant use by young people and suicidal behavior after FDA warnings and media coverage: quasi-experimental study. < /em>Here's the conclusion paragraph from the abstract: "Safety warnings about antidepressants and widespread media coverage decreased antidepressant use, and there were simultaneous increases in suicide attempts among young people. It is essential to monitor and reduce possible unintended consequences of FDA warnings and media reporting." Note the slightly rebuking tone directed against the FDA and the media.

Certain Hospitals, Physicians Over-medicate More

In an upcoming study in Psychiatric Services, US and Canadian researchers report that the strongest predictors for over-medicating of people being treated for schizophrenia...

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

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...

Protests Erupt Over Facebook’s Secret Psychology Experiment

Facebook altered the news feeds of 689,003 users as part of a massive experiment in "emotional contagion," according to a study published in the...

“Why Most Published Research Findings are False” Passes One Million Views

“The problem is when you come up with something really unusual, because there are hardly any standard venues for real innovation or out-of-the-box endeavors,”...

No Evidence PTSD Treatments Helping Veterans

No one has been tracking whether or not US veterans have been benefiting in any way from over $3.2 billion annually in mental health...

Experts Demand Shutdown of ECT Study

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

Corrupt Pharma Execs Could Soon Face Jail in Canada

Pharmaceutical industry executives who mislead the public could soon face fines of up to $5 million or two years in jail in Canada. According...

Pharma Execs Consider Fleeing China’s Corruption Crackdown

Business Week has run a Reuters Shanghai article recounting how increasing numbers of senior drug company executives are considering leaving China due to the...

Rising Movement To Replicate Key Psychology Studies

Should influential psychology research studies be replicable, as hard science studies commonly are? In a Guardian Headquarters blog post, Cardiff University cognitive neuroscientist Chris...

Feature Story on Carl Elliott’s Ethics Advocacy

The magazine Science has published a feature story about MIA Blogger Carl Elliott and his years of efforts to get the University of Minnesota...

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