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Bact PhD

Member Since 08 January 2012 - 11:28 PM
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In Topic: PubMed Calls Out Researcher Conflicts of Interest

19 April 2017 - 06:46 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 19 April 2017 - 05:01 PM, said:

That's not completely accurate. PUBMED is just a bibliography of scientific papers in medicine and biology. It's actually the journals in which the papers are published which require disclosure of conflicts of interest.

True, and the policies for reporting COIs and their display in the article vary widely among journals, even in the US. Moreover, it's also been de rigeur to acknowledge funding sources (NIH grants, contracts with industry, eg). I pulled out my most recent pub, in a 2013 issue of PLoS One, and the funding /Conflicts are line-items right beneath the abstract:

Funding: This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants R01 XXXXX and T90 XXXXX. The sponsors had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.


However, from a publication of Chem PhD's in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry from 2012, mention of the funding sources is in the Acknowledgements section at the end of the article.

From my experience in journal submissions, I'd say the closer the scope of the journal is to clinical trials & analyses, the more particular that journal is going to be about requiring COI disclosures up front and displaying them prominently.

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Is NIH mandating that a conflict of interest statement be done in a certain way for a journal to be abstracted in PUBMED? I don't really see how they could, since many journals are published outside the US.

The NIH does require that the full text of papers describing work funded by them be made publicly available to anyone (without a journal subscription) after one year. But not everything in PUBMED is published in a US journal, done in the US, or funded by the NIH.

See above -- that sort of a mandate would be difficult to enforce, at best. Even US journals that are indexed in the PubMed database vary widely in their scope. The journals vary from highly clinically-oriented volumes (New England Journal of Medicine, eg) to seriously basic-science tomes where the chemical entities described might, possibly, maybe, someday find their way to a clinical trial (Synthesis, Tetrahedron, eg). The foreign pubs (with requirements from their respective sponsoring societies) add a whole degree of difficulty.

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That said, I like the policy of putting the declarations with the abstract.

Agreed. I'd like to see funding sources, both government and industrial (grants & contracts included) displayed up-front as well.

In Topic: Alex Jones's lawyer says he's a "performance artist"

17 April 2017 - 04:33 PM

Yeeeaaahhh, that's pretty telling. :wacko:

In Topic: Alex Jones's lawyer says he's a "performance artist"

17 April 2017 - 03:40 PM

Soooo,...he's really just another "shock jock" in the mold of Imus, Stern, Glenn "The Chameleon" Beck, or even the phony-baloney televangelist types who prey on the gullible, and not necessarily a "true believer" in the stuff he spouts?

Color me extremely skeptical on that one.

In Topic: Our economy is a hellscape for consumers. The United flier is the latest victim.

17 April 2017 - 03:25 PM

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All these trends in the airline industry are bound to get much worse, and soon. Despite massive consolidation, steep cuts in wages and benefits, sharply rising fares, huge direct and indirect subsidies,...

That number would be even lower were it not for the major subsidies the industry has extracted from Congress. These include not just the billions spent by state and local governments to construct and maintain airports, and the $15 billion in loan guarantees the industry received in the aftermath of 9/11. They also include tens of billions in unfunded pension liabilities that major airlines have shoved onto taxpayers by declaring bankruptcy, as United and US Airways did in the last decade and American Airlines is trying to do now. If American succeeds in its plan to shed its pension debts onto the federal government’s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, that alone would amount to a bailout of more than $10 billion. Other U.S. airlines continue to benefit from special provisions passed by Congress in 2007 that allow them to underfund their pension plans, so in the future taxpayers are likely to be paying even more of the cost of flying yesterday’s planes.

Yet even though these and other public subsidies dwarf those provided to Amtrak or General Motors, only one U.S. airline, Southwest, still has an investment-grade credit rating.

Wasn't it the late Molly Ivins who referred to "Aid to Dependent Corporations"? The above regarding the airlines seems to be a perfect case in point. So much for "government not picking winners and losers"...

In Topic: Another State Gay Marriage Ban Bites the Dust

11 April 2017 - 08:33 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 11 April 2017 - 05:56 PM, said:

Is it that opponents think that people will fake being transgender so as to assault and batter people in a bathroom? So these same people would be angry and upset about a truly co-ed public bathroom without the transgender part being thrown in?
That's precisely the argument. Our burg went through those travails when a non-discrimination ordinance that included all under the LGBT umbrella was considered nearly a decade ago. The "men in women's bathrooms" trope was brought up incessantly. The ordinance went to a referendum and passed; a recall effort was attempted, but failed.

For the record, and bear in mind that this is a college town loaded with horny, entitled frat boys, who are not above using various subterfuges to get laid, the number of incidents involving men posing as Trans to gain entry to a women's restroom for purposes of sexual assault? ZERO.

So to reply to the second question posed, probably. "One-holers" in series seem to pose less of an issue.