Monthly Archives: May 2011

Helen Mayberg: A case study in why we need greater transparency about conflicts of interest

Share A year ago, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules governing the disclosure and handling of financial conflicts of interest by medical researchers who receive federal funding. The more stringent rules were prompted by Congressional findings … Continue reading

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A lesson in how not to run for public office — in Canada or anywhere else

Share In his latest blog, Paul Thacker, an investigator for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and former aide to Senator Charles Grassley, struggles to understand how Dr. Stan Kutcher, a psychiatrist turned politician in Canada, could possibly say that … Continue reading

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Paxil study author and psychiatrist turned politician loses Halifax election

Share Stan Kutcher, the psychiatrist turned politician who threatened to sue The Coast newspaper in Halifax unless it issued a retraction on a story it did about Kutcher’s involvement with Paxil study 329 (see retracted story here) and my blog … Continue reading

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Halifax newspaper buckles under to threat from psychiatrist turned politician

Share In recent years, experts (like Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel) have warned that press freedoms are under increasing threat from economic pressures. As advertising and readers flee to the Web, they say, news outlets are more likely to cave … Continue reading

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