April 25, 2013 5:14 pm
Comparative effectiveness research tries to research whether one standardly used treatment is better than the others.. Yet this is exactly the kind of research that was slammed by government watchdogs and mauled in the press.
April 3, 2013 2:44 pm
Hua Jun Zhao, a researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is charged with espionage after prosecutors say he stole details of a cancer-fighting compound that he wanted to share with China.
February 22, 2013 12:41 pm
Parents with children who have rare and debilitating diseases are pushing to change how researchers develop medicines to treat the conditions. The parents want different scientists researching the diseases to share data about the patients so the children won’t need to participate in so many studies.
February 11, 2013 2:51 pm
In a storage facility in the Netherlands, a mutant virus engineered into existence has been locked in a freezer for more than a year, unaware of the global debate swirling around it. This strain has sparked one of the most inflamed bioethics debates in recent memory.
January 24, 2013 1:30 pm
Members of the Havasupai Tribe gave permission for Arizona State University to collect blood samples in order to study the diabetes epidemic in their community. More than a decade later, the tribe learned that their samples had been shared with other research teams without their permission.
January 15, 2013 2:25 pm
In what they acknowledge as a seismic shift in the ethical foundation of medical research, practice and policy, a prominent group of interdisciplinary healthcare experts rejects an ethical paradigm that has guided the American system since the 1970s and calls for morally obligatory participation in a “learning healthcare system” more in step with the digital age.
December 21, 2012 2:46 pm
It seems that an increasing number of scientific studies are just plain wrong and are ultimately retracted. Worse, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims that the majority of retractions are due to some type of misconduct.
December 13, 2012 5:17 pm
Outright fraud rare, but selective analyses and reporting ‘highly prevalent’. The fuzzy boundary between removing noise from results and biasing them toward a desired outcome might be unknowingly crossed by many researchers.
November 21, 2012 10:00 am
A pair of Boston physicians with experience working on national health policy are launching a new journal called Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation focusing on changes in the health care system, including new payment methods.
October 22, 2012 5:06 pm
A new report on responsible science has been issued by the InterAcademy Council and the IAP – the global network of science academies. The report is the first product of the IAC and IAP’s project on scientific integrity, “initiated in response to several major trends reshaping the research enterprise, including the increasingly global and interdisciplinary nature of science, its heightened role in policy debates, and the continued emergence of high-profile cases of irresponsible research behavior in many countries.” The report “identifies fundamental values and principles that researchers should incorporate into every part of the process, from developing a research plan to reporting results and communicating with policymakers and the public.”