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Pfizer-Funded Study Falsely Claims Fish Oil Useless

Pfizer-Funded Study Falsely Claims Fish Oil Useless | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

A study claiming that fish oil provides no benefit in heart disease is being hyped as the final word on the issue. But is it? No, it is not. In fact, the study is absurdly blatant pseudo science, with two errors so glaring it's hard to believe they were made. Why do the researchers do it? Why do they care so little about the truth and your health?


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Overdiagnosis of disease: a modern epidemic sickness.
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Sandoz: un 'tariffario' per trattare pazienti con ormoni

Sandoz: un 'tariffario' per trattare pazienti con ormoni | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
C'era un sorta di tariffario per ricompensare i medici che mettevano i pazienti sotto terapia di Omnitrope un ormone della crescita biosimilare secondo quanto hanno scoperto le indagini dei Nas
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BMJ Saurabh Jha: The overdiagnosed party/ the false positives rave

BMJ  Saurabh Jha: The overdiagnosed party/ the false positives rave | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Consider this equation. Early Diagnosis = Early Diagnosis + Overdiagnosis (1.1) This sort of unequal algebra will fail GCSE mathematics. A new NHS initiative is arithmetic defying as well.
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The Drugs That Companies Promote to Doctors Are Rarely Breakthroughs

The Drugs That Companies Promote to Doctors Are Rarely Breakthroughs | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

For more than five decades, the blood thinner Coumadin was the only option for millions of patients at risk for life-threatening blood clots. But now, a furious battle is underway among the makers of three newer competitors for the prescription pads of doctors across the country.

The manufacturers of these drugs — Pradaxa, Xarelto and Eliquis — have been wooing physicians in part by paying for meals, promotional speeches, consulting gigs and educational gifts. In the last five months of 2013, the companies spent nearly $19.4 million on doctors and teaching hospitals, according to ProPublica’s analysis of federal data released last fall.

The information, from a database known as Open Payments, gives the first comprehensive look at how much money drug and device companies have spent working with doctors. What it shows is that the drugs most aggressively promoted to doctors typically aren’t cures or even big medical breakthroughs. Some are top sellers, but most are not.

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How Much Industry Money Goes to Doctors and Teaching Hospitals

How Much Industry Money Goes to Doctors and Teaching Hospitals | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Beginning in 2014, the federal government mandated that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers publicly report payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals. The first report covered the last five months of 2013. Use this tool to search for a company, drug or device--and compare it to another. Related: Vying for Market Share, Companies Heavily Promote “Me Too” Drugs »
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Bad luck, bad journalism and cancer rates | @BobOHara @GrrlScientist

Bad luck, bad journalism and cancer rates | @BobOHara @GrrlScientist | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
GrrlScientist: Please, journalists, get a clue before you write about science

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EVELYNE PIERRON's curator insight, January 2, 5:55 PM

Please, journalists, get a clue before you write about science.

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Ceis, la medicina difensiva pesa tra i 10 e i 20 mld l'anno

Ceis, la medicina difensiva pesa tra i 10 e i 20 mld l'anno | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Una più attenta comunicazione tra i camici bianchi e gli assistiti potrebbe ridurre di un terzo il contenzioso. Serve poi ripensare la responsabilità medica
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The wrong white crystals: not salt bu sugar as aetiological in hypertensio and cardiometabolic disease

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Surprise, Surprise: China Rejects Emissions Pledge Review

Surprise, Surprise: China Rejects Emissions Pledge Review | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Benny Peiser, of the climate-sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation described the summit as the “green blob’s annual ritual” and “an expensive form of mass tourism, never mind the carbon footprint. More importantly, the ritual gathering isn’t going to overcome the underlying deadlock,”

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Spingevano le mamme a usare latte artificiale: i Nas arrestano 12 pediatri

Spingevano le mamme a usare latte artificiale: i Nas arrestano 12 pediatri | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Un manager cinque informatori scientifici i rappresentanti dei farmaci per conto delle ditte nelle strutture sanitarie pubbliche e negli ambulatori privati e 12 medici pediatri Sono le 18 persone finite
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Does Pharma Have Too Much Influence on Low Libido Tx? #diseasemongering

Does Pharma Have Too Much Influence on Low Libido Tx? #diseasemongering | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

Many of the patients and clinicians speaking at an FDA workshop on female libido deficits had their expenses paid by a company seeking to market a drug for the condition.

Is there too much commercial influence on discussions of whether women with low interest in sex need medical treatment?

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Ben Goldacre: Pharma industry has destroyed its own reputation

Ben Goldacre: Pharma industry has destroyed its own reputation | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
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XCLUSIVE: The great tragedy for the pharmaceutical industry is that it keeps denying that it lobbies against transparency in clinical trials, says Ben Goldacre.

Ben Goldacre is a British physician, academic and author of the best-selling books Bad Science and Bad Pharma. He is also a leading figure of the AllTrials campaign to register and publish all clinical trials data, past and present.


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Brands continue to target fast food marketing at kids

Brands continue to target fast food marketing at kids | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Companies are ploughing more and more money into marketing unhealthy foods to children. What will turn the tide?
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Les médicaments sont la troisième cause de décès

Les médicaments sont la troisième cause de décès | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

Serment d'hypocrite ou serment d’Hippocrate? La médecine est-elle réellement là pour nous soigner à l'heure actuelle ou pour faire du profit, de l'argent quitte à tuer les patients? Et tous les dom...


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Doubts Raised About Off-Label Use of Subsys, a Strong Painkiller

Doubts Raised About Off-Label Use of Subsys, a Strong Painkiller | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
The drug was approved in 2012 for cancer patients, but has since become an outsize moneymaker for Insys Therapeutics and has been prescribed more widely.
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Drug industry “freebies” and sponsorship will be banned in India from January 2015

After years of efforts to end unhealthy relations between doctors and the drug industry the Indian government has issued a code of conduct for drug companies.

The Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices bans drug companies from giving doctors “freebies” and lavish gifts, cruise tickets to exotic locations, paid vacations, or sponsorships to educational conferences and seminars. The code takes effect in January 2015.

In a communication to drug industry associations on 12 December the Department of Pharmaceuticals said that the code, which was prepared after consultation with stakeholders, was voluntary and would be reviewed after six months. However, if the code is not …

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Are Children Medicated for Convenience, or Necessity?

Are Children Medicated for Convenience, or Necessity? | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
"Americs's Medicated Kids" reveals that most children nowadays are drugged for "parental convenience," as opposed to being treated for serious mental disorders.
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The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study

Conclusions Exaggeration in news is strongly associated with exaggeration in press releases. Improving the accuracy of academic press releases could represent a key opportunity for reducing misleading health related news.

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USA: radiothérapie excessive pour la majorité des femmes avec un cancer du sein

USA: radiothérapie excessive pour la majorité des femmes avec un cancer du sein | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
(AFP) - Les deux-tiers des femmes atteintes d'un cancer précoce du sein aux Etats-Unis sont traitées par radiothérapie plus longtemps que nécessaire, selon une étude publiée en ligne mercredi dans le Journal of the American Medical Association ...

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Scientists scammed at least 110 academic papers into publication using fake peer reviews

Researchers have been using fake email addresses to pose as independent reviewers of their own papers
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Using Doctors With Troubled Pasts to Market a Painkiller

Using Doctors With Troubled Pasts to Market a Painkiller | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Five of the 20 physicians who received the most money from Insys, maker of Subsys, a powerful painkiller, recently faced legal or disciplinary action.
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Big Pharma Plays Hide-the-Ball With Data

Big Pharma Plays Hide-the-Ball With Data | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Half of all clinical trials are never published, and Big Pharma wants to keep it that way.

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Art Jones's curator insight, November 15, 2014 9:37 PM

Is the title "Bad Medicine" apropo, If secrecy is Pharma's intended agenda, perhaps it is?

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Health-Care Apps That Doctors Use

Health-Care Apps That Doctors Use | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
New health-care smartphone apps for doctors and patients help with everything from diagnostics and monitoring to revealing who isn't washing their hands.
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Restoring the pharmaceutical industry's reputation : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group

Restoring the pharmaceutical industry's reputation : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Big pharma's storehouse of trouble has fostered consumer mistrust and a negative view of the industry. How does the industry go about restoring its flagging reputation?
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