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2010-01-29 14:09:50

Research methods and reporting: Preparing raw clinical data for publication: guidance for journal editors, authors, and peer reviewers New guidance published on bmj.com this week sets out how personal information from clinical trials should be shared to help minimize risks to patient privacy. Many peer reviewed journals now require authors to be prepared to share their raw, unprocessed data with other scientists or state the availability of raw data in published articles, but there has been...

2009-12-16 06:30:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Derycz Scientific, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: DYSC), a company that is pioneering a fresh way of facilitating the flow of information from content publishers to enterprise customers and their constituents, today announced that wholly-owned subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc. has signed distribution deals with seven additional scientific, technical and medical (STM) journal publishers, expanding the pay-per-view content available to...

2009-11-30 08:16:00

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Good Publication Practice 2 (GPP2), a key guidance document for the publication of company-sponsored medical research, has been published online today by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). "The publication of GPP2 in BMJ is strong recognition of the importance of providing support and guidance for industry sponsored research and the publication of study results in the peer-reviewed medical literature," said Chris Graf, Associate Editorial...

2009-11-25 14:20:36

Senior doctors from across the globe have come together to form the International Climate and Health Council. Their aim is to mobilise health professionals across the world to help tackle the health effects of climate change. The Council will be officially launched on Wednesday 25 November 2009 to coincide with a series of papers being published by the Lancet on the public health impact of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen....

2009-09-16 07:32:47

Editorial: Health and climate change An editorial and letter, published simultaneously by the BMJ and Lancet today, warn that failure to agree radical cuts in carbon dioxide emissions at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen this December spells a global health catastrophe. The scientific evidence that global temperatures are rising and that man is responsible has been widely accepted since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report in 2007, write Lord Michael Jay and...

2008-10-01 10:00:00

By Rob Waters Bloomberg News Newspapers and Internet news sites should do a better job of reporting medical studies by including the source of funding for the studies, according to an analysis published today. The analysis found that 42 percent of news stories reporting on company-supported clinical trials didn't divulge who paid, according to Harvard researchers who reviewed 306 articles from 45 newspapers and seven Internet sites. Previous research has found the source of payment for a...

2008-07-29 09:01:15

Epocrates, Inc., provider of clinical information products and services, and BMJ Group, provider of evidence-based clinical resources and publisher of the British Medical Journal, today announced the launch of new online clinical reference products. Through an exclusive development and marketing partnership, these trusted authorities in clinical information are introducing unique patient centered, web-based solutions to assist clinicians in making critical treatment decisions at the immediate...

2005-09-29 19:28:58

Abolishing user fees (charges for health care at the point of use) could prevent approximately 233,000 child deaths annually in 20 African countries, say researchers in this week's BMJ. User fees are in place in most sub-Saharan African countries. They were introduced to tackle severe under-funding, but evidence shows that such fees do not generate much revenue, are unlikely to improve efficiency, and disproportionately affect poor people. Using a simulation model, researchers in London...

2005-09-29 19:27:49

Despite changes in policy in many African countries, most cases of malaria are still treated with old drugs that often fail, say researchers in this week's BMJ. The steady increase of drug-resistant malaria across Africa has prompted many countries to adopt artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) as policy. These drug combinations are highly effective, and appear to be safe and well tolerated. Yet a study from Zambia, one of the first adopters of ACTs, shows that only 22% of children...

2005-08-11 21:20:00

Media reporting of the UK organ retention controversies was associated with a fall in donations for ethically approved scientific research, finds a study in this week's BMJ. This analysis shows how media scandals may affect scientific research, even when the research is not directly linked to the scandal. The authors examined the relation between newspaper reports on the use of children's tissue for research purposes and donations to a UK tumour bank from 1998 to 2004. Both newspaper...