Weekend reads: 800 retractions from Russia; paying to publish in Vietnam; a retraction involving Facebook, political misinformation, and Teen Vogue

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  1. The US TODAY report on the correction issued to the controversial paper by Johnston et al (Ann Intern Med 2019; 171: 756-640) is somewhat skewed. The correction was due to a failure of the first author to report support from a source which might be expected to support meat consumption.
    This study used a unique method to assess the evidence that meat consumption was not good for you. They decided that the evidence offers no support for the proposal that you reduce current levels of meat intake – and they cautioned that this conclusion was a “weak recommendation with low certainty evidence.” The response from other nutritional experts has been baffling. They could have argued about the technique used, or that evidence was ignored, but they chose in the main to attack the lead author’s source of financial support. Maybe they just couldn’t find good evidence to support their viewpoint.

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