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Reporting Flu Vaccine Science

Many news articles about a study of influenza vaccine and miscarriages raised good questions—but for questionable reasons, reports Rob Wipond. (This article appeared in The BMJ (British Medical Journal), January 5, 2018.) When reporting on medical studies, the popular press has a habit of sensationalising. So the muted response to a recent research paper

By |2020-08-07T06:57:13+00:00January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Money for Nothing (and the drugs for free)

Doctors’ relationships with drug company representatives have changed, say knowledgeable readers. But for better or worse? A recently-unemployed friend of mine went into a Victoria walk-in clinic in June complaining about unease he couldn’t explain, and walked out with enough free packets of the antidepressant Cipralex and the stimulant Ritalin to last for weeks. If

By |2013-09-05T00:12:57+00:00September 5th, 2013|0 Comments

Meet Your Doctor’s Generous Friend

Pharmaceutical companies have paid billions of dollars in fines in the US for giving bribes and kickbacks to doctors. Are their drug sales representatives behaving any differently in Victoria? "Dinner and Yankee game with family. Talked about Paxil studies in children.” That note, written by a drug sales representative about his evening with a doctor and

By |2013-07-02T19:26:59+00:00July 2nd, 2013|1 Comment

Is the Gorge Actually Safe for Swimming?

Safety pronouncements for the waterway relate strictly to fecal coliform—but what about industrial chemicals? My sense of place spins like I’m in a celebratory party version of Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Wow, I’m splashing in a Bermuda bay amidst California beach boys and Hawaiian dancing girls! No, my mind reminds me as I flutter about in warm

By |2012-08-30T18:15:45+00:00August 30th, 2012|0 Comments
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