How 2 Science Papers From The ‘80s Helped Spark The Opioid Crisis
The New England Journal of Medicine just issued an odd correction to a 1980 painkiller study. It was one of two papers from that decade that became, as one expert put it, “fake evidence” for pharma executives to encourage the use of opioids.
Biotech Abuses Expose Holes In Federal Animal Protections
The Feds are investigating a California biotechnology company for inadequate care of thousands of goats and rabbits, and hiding hundreds of animals from inspectors for years. Experts say the case reveals major weaknesses in animal welfare law.
This Doctor Just Lost His License For Performing Horrifying Sexual Experiments On His Students
John Hagmann, a doctor who taught battlefield medicine, is accused of sexually assaulting his students and forcing them to inject each other with drugs. Hagmann was a no-show at his misconduct hearing Friday. Warning: This post contains graphic details of the alleged sexual abuse.
Make-Your-Own Heroin Is Almost Here, Scientists Warn
A new study shows how to turn ordinary brewers yeast into a biological factory for producing opiates. Some scientists want to use this technology to make better painkillers. But other researchers — and the FBI — warn that this could lead to people brewing heroin at home.
Big Pharma And A Public University Started A Company To Cure HIV
GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have a 50-50 partnership in the new company. These sorts of public-private science efforts are tricky to manage, but likely to grow as government funding of research drops, experts say.
Is This Doctors App A Digital Classroom — Or Medical Porn?
The Figure 1 app allows doctors to share and discuss graphic photos of their patients — and allows the public to gawk at them. Doctors and hospitals should be worried about the app's legal and ethical risks, experts say. Warning: Graphic images.
Axelrod: No "Major Scandal" In Six Years Proves Obama Administration's Ethics
"I'm proud of the fact that basically you have had an administration in this place for six years in which there hasn't been a major scandal. And I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration."
Congress Polling Just Above Car Salespeople In "Honesty"
Only one out of ten Americans polled by Gallup rate the honesty and ethical standards of Congressional members as "very high" or "high," ranking lawmakers just below advertising professionals and above only car salespeople on a list of twenty-two professions.
Study: Women Are More Ethical Negotiators Than Men
Researchers found that men were more willing to lie or bend the truth to get the best deal than women were. Their explanation: “Men’s competitive behavior, more so than women’s, appears to be motivated by situational threats to their masculinity. When men feel like they have something to prove or defend against, they become more aggressive and competitive.”