Sydney Brenner

Dr. Sydney Brenner, PhD, Nobel Laureate in Physiology/Medicine (2002), deplores the current profit-driven culture in science. A culture in which he believes — as do a significant growing number of genuine scientists and physicians — genuine breakthroughs and important discoveries are impeded. In a recent interview in King’s Review magazine (2014) he expressed his critical…

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith, MD. Former Editor British Medical Journal (BMJ), a founder member of the Committee on Publication Ethics, a trustee of the UK Research Integrity Office. Dr. Smith is a fervent critic of current research and publication practices. In a provocative recent article in Times Higher Education (2015) he states, “It is paradoxical and ironic…

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Genetically modified (GM) food is a highly controversial issue in  Europe, less so in America where GM food is not identified in labels. This may change if a law that will be voted upon in November’s ballot in California, requiring mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, will pass.   We focus on a recent peer-reviewed…

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Respected international scientists who examined the evidence, concluded that annual influenza campaigns are likely an utter waste of time and money."  But  officials at the US Centers for Disease Control disregard science and accept commercial propaganda as their guide for setting public health policy.

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The latest area of controversy focuses on the proposed revision of the definition "behavioral addiction disorder" extending the addiction diagnosis to include drug, alcohol and gambling.  It is estimated that the change would expand the number of people labeled as "addicts" by 20 to 30 million who would be entitled to treatment and disability payments costing taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Even if retracted, published clinical trial reports that misrepresent findings, withhold negative data, or make false, or unsubstantiated claims have done irreparable damage. AHRP calls upon all medical journals to adopt a publication policy requiring submission of the sponsor’s formal Clinical Study Report to accompany articles about clinical trial findings. 

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