#Massachusetts cares if #doctors have conflicts of interest, but do #patients care?

The Globe offers a peek at the drug company marketing/meals at smaller hospitals Years after many big academic medical centers cracked down on industry perks, drug companies still regularly buy meals for doctors affiliated with smaller hospitals, a new analysis shows, with some physicians receiving dozens of lunches and dinners in a single year. At a number … Continue reading #Massachusetts cares if #doctors have conflicts of interest, but do #patients care?

Former NEJM editor Arnold Relman dies at 91

See Storify for updates.  Arnold Relman, the former New England Journal of Medicine editor, has died. From Bryan Marquard at the Globe:  Eloquent and forceful on the page or the podium, Dr. Arnold Relman led the New England Journal of Medicine for more than 13 years, raising a sometimes lonely voice to warn about the … Continue reading Former NEJM editor Arnold Relman dies at 91

Boston docs on debate over cholesterol screening for kids

A couple of Boston-area docs weigh in on charges of industry influence in the debate over whether to test kids for cholesterol.  From the Globe: CHICAGO — Should all US children be tested for high cholesterol? Doctors are still debating that question months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing … Continue reading Boston docs on debate over cholesterol screening for kids

Globe:More transparency needed from Harvard on misconduct

In a staff editorial, The Globe calls on Harvard to offer more information about the scientific misdeeds of  one of its star psychology researchers. For more on the case and other local news on scientific misconduct, click here for Nature Network Boston post.   THERE’S CLEARLY something wrong with some of Harvard psychology professor Marc Hauser’s … Continue reading Globe:More transparency needed from Harvard on misconduct

Undoing: BU aging study, MA disclosure laws

The take-down of the BU study began Wednesday and continues. More here on Nature Network Boston. Also, the Mass House of Representatives voted to repeal the state's disclosure law, which requires drug makers to report donation to researchers. From AP via the Globe: House leaders defended the vote to repeal the ban, approved just two … Continue reading Undoing: BU aging study, MA disclosure laws

Can a computer save you from an extra x-ray?

Two news round ups today. First, check out the latest edition of the Health Wonk Review, hosted by Boston’s own David Williams at  The Health Business Blog.  As he reports: It’s a wonderful day in the wonkerhood, with so much health care policy fodder to chomp on. Let’s jump right in. Also, here’s some local … Continue reading Can a computer save you from an extra x-ray?

Radio Boston: The Influence of Pharma on Docs

WBUR's Radio Boston takes on the ever-present issue of the influence of drug makers on docs. Listen on their web site or today at 3. Guests include: Jerry Avorn, M.D., PChief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks and … Continue reading Radio Boston: The Influence of Pharma on Docs