Monthly Archives: April 2009

Is Science a self-correcting process? I (and the Institute of Medicine) think not.

Share For years, many scientists and doctors have argued that it was not necessary to police conflicts of interest and other irregularities in scientific research, Money, they argued, couldn’t possibly taint their scientific judgment. And even if it did, science … Continue reading

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Conflicted psychiatrists strike back — against the media

Share Anyone keeping up with the news knows that a number of prominent psychiatrists have been under seige of late after Congressional allegations that they failed to disclose lucrative payments from drug companies whose products they were studying and promoting … Continue reading

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Where’s the conflict of interest here, Mr. Robinson?

Share Remember the flap a few weeks ago between researcher Jonathan Leo and the Journal of the American Medical Association, whereby JAMA’s editors got egg all over their face after trying to intimidate Leo? Leo, a professor of neuroanatomy at … Continue reading

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Why didn’t Brown axe Martin Keller years ago?

Share Brown University’s student newspaper, The Daily Herald, reported this week that Martin Keller had announced his decision to step down as Brown’s chair of psychiatry in August 2007. In a letter he apparently sent to faculty in his department, … Continue reading

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NAMI exposed: the drug money behind this supposedly grassroots group

Share Earlier this week, Senator Charles Grassley announced a probe into the nation’s largest advocacy group for people with mental illness, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, asking the nonprofit group to disclose the funding it has received in recent … Continue reading

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Brown psychiatry chief Martin Keller to step down in June…

Share Martin Keller is finally stepping down as the long time chief of psychiatry at Brown University. Brown University officials made the announcement in a Dear Colleagues letter dated today from Edward J. Wing, Brown’s new Dean of Medicine and … Continue reading

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A new approach to treating mental illness?

Share When people exhibit signs of psychosis – they hear voices, they think someone is out to get them – more often than not, they are referred to psychiatrists who immediately put them on powerful drugs like Haldol, Depakote, Abilify … Continue reading

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