Weekend reads: A whistleblower is fired; problems in heart research; doing the right thing in science

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  1. Recent complaints about the EXCEL trial (NEJM 2019: 181; 1820) have prompted the journal to “review the data”. Not so obvious is the immense financial implication in questioning the results, which conclude that radiological stent insertion is as effective as bypass cardiac surgery for a common type of heart disease. The study was funded by Abbot, who sell stents. Those who argue for misinterpretation appear to be mainly cardiovascular surgeons and their societies: in contrast radiological societies have vigorously defended the results. It would be cataclysmic for the current treatment of heart disease if this paper is retracted.

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