As industry and academia became more intertwined, conflicts of interest arose when professors formed companies or partnerships to patent or otherwise commercialize their discoveries.
This discovery is unfortunately of little economic interest to pharmaceutical groups. The molecule is indeed simple and non-patentable and cancer prevention studies require a follow-up over many years.
There’s good evidence that drug company involvement biases research in ways that are not always obvious, often by suppressing negative results. Collaboration with industry can lead to important scientific contributions, but we should not let drug companies buy the hearts and minds of researchers. The cost of this is high, and not just in drug prices. It means both doctors and patients believe prescription drugs are better and safer than they really are.
Dr. Baselga’s extensive corporate relationships — and his frequent failure to disclose them — illustrate how permeable the boundaries remain between academic research and industry, and how weakly reporting requirements are enforced by the medical journals and professional societies charged with policing them.
Cases show how stakeholders in “advanced” western and central European healthcare systems incline to corrupt practices as well.
Institutions such as universities, medical journals and doctors collude wittingly or unwittingly with the medical industry for financial gain.
Millions of Americans get tests, drugs, and operations that won’t make them better, may cause harm, and cost billions.
Self-medication among animals has been so widely observed that it has a name: zoopharmacognosy. It’s not a giant leap to imagine that our earliest ancestors gained the roots of medical knowledge by observing apes or other animals.
Placebo effect is enhanced by the impression of warmth and competence.
Beginning in the mid-1990s, pills based on oxycodone and the similar compound hydrocodone began being branded and aggressively marketed for chronic pain. From 1996 to 2002, Purdue more than doubled its sales force and distributed coupons so doctors could let patients try a 30-day free supply of these highly addictive drugs.
A majority of patients in the United States visited a doctor who received payments from drug companies, but most have no clue about it. Patients should be aware of the incentives that their physicians face that may lead them to not always act in their patients' best interest. Drug companies have long known that even small gifts to physicians can be influential, and research validates the notion that they tend to induce feelings of reciprocity.
If a person was diagnosed with a psychological problem in the 1950s or 1960s based on anything from sadness to odd sleeping patterns to interpersonal stress, it was likely to be called anxiety.
Nicholas Culpeper continued to treat poor patients cheaply, earning not only great local popularity but also the bitter condemnation of the medical fraternity, whose ire knew no bounds when, in 1649, he produced an English translation of their bible, the Pharmacopoeia Londoninensis. Perhaps his lasting legacy was to demystify medicine and place help in the hands of the people themselves.
Doctors make a correct diagnosis more than twice as often as 23 commonly used symptom-checker apps.
A number of common treatments and procedures routinely undertaken by doctors are largely pointless, leading physicians have said.
In her quest to break into medicine, Margaret Ann Bulkley, born in Ireland at the end of the 18th century, adopted an entirely male persona – it worked, and she emerged from Edinburgh University as the fully qualified Dr James Barry in 1812. This “beardless lad” served as a British army surgeon across the Empire for more than 40 years, her secret largely undetected.
Researchers have traced the roots of humane medical practices to a pioneering French physician who treated people with deformities as humans instead of "monsters," as they were commonly called. The physician, André Feil, established practices that have become health care norms more than a century later.
Researchers are betting that exercise could well become the next anticancer therapy.
If medical error were considered a disease, a new study has found, it would be the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.
If a patient has poor health and is also feeling miserable, it’s not enough just to address the medical problem. How a person is feeling emotionally needs to be acknowledged and explored.