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http://wire.ap.org/APnews/?SITE=ILLIN&FRONTID=HOME __________________________JUNE 05, 01:37 ET AMA Journal Critiques Report Data By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer Excerpted from this articel current issue of JAMA:"....The Journal of the American Medical Association has put aside presenting medical advances this week to turn a critical eye on itself, finding imperfections in the way it and other medical journals report scientific research. JAMA's latest issue says journal studies are sometimes misleading and frequently fail to disclose weaknesses and disagreements among authors, while news releases some journals prepare often don't mention study limitations or industry funding. Some problems can be traced to biases and conflicts of interest among peer reviewers, who are outside scientists tapped by journal editors to help decide whether a research paper should be published, according to several of the JAMA articles. "and further on....""DeAngelis said problems are most likely to occur in research funded by drug companies, which have a vested interest in findings that make their products look good. Journal editors are concerned that manufacturers sometimes unduly influence how researchers report study results, and even suppress unfavorable findings. Many top journals require researchers to disclose any ties to drug companies, and Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, said editors rely on researchers to be truthful. " __________________________Click the link for the full story, and a peek behind the curtain of reality, and links to Home page of JAMA for transcripts of the entire rerlated articles reported.
 

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Mike, yes, yes, a thousand times yes! When I worked at the VA hospital I saw this (drug company influences big time) and also at the American Psychiatric Association. Gayle
 
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