Weekend reads: Prominent doctors who don’t disclose conflicts, and the journals that enable them; a “nudge” study faces scrutiny

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The week at Retraction Watch featured two new names on our leaderboard, vindication for The Joy of Cooking, and a retraction for an antibiotic switcheroo. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:

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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Prominent doctors who don’t disclose conflicts, and the journals that enable them; a “nudge” study faces scrutiny”

  1. A host of journal articles about a new class of drugs “indicates one of two possibilities: either we are at the brink of a revolution in medicine or that something went wrong with research published in numerous academic journals.” (BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine)

    The papers from the Russian stealth-homeopathy dealers have been criticised at PubPeer, with one retraction so far (from PLoS):
    https://pubpeer.com/search?q=gorbunov+epstein

    As well as the admirable efforts from Dueva and Panchin to call attention to this rebranding of homeopathy, there was this from James Coyne:
    https://jcoynester.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/five-more-journals-hacked-by-russian-homeopathic-company/

  2. Linkoping University says one of its former researchers “can be held accountable for misconduct in at least three scientific articles” and can be “criticised also for misuse of titles and affiliations, and for giving misleading information about his role and activities in several contexts.”

    The Linkoping University press release does not name the former researcher, but the details match those of Ashutosh Tiwari.
    https://pubpeer.com/search?q=Ashutosh+Tiwari

  3. Kudos for linking the new Ioannidis commentary alongside the Willet interview. The fair-minded reader can readily see the contrast between someone who appreciates the value of dissenting voices (Ioannidis) and those who’d just as soon see them “go away.”

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