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Proper nutrition is critical to combatting the costly and deadly epidemics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. from www.shutterstock.com

Essays on health: how food companies can sneak bias into scientific research

Food, drug and other companies often sponsor research in the hope it might produce results favourable to their products. How can we ensure such research remains independent?
Researchers help build a wall of evidence. Conflict of interest declarations tell readers to consider the provenance and context of the work. andra Cunningham/Shutterstock

What to make of tobacco industry research declarations of ‘no conflicts of interest’?

Picture a scientist employed by a pharmaceutical company publishing research results that were important bricks in a wall of evidence that could massively benefit their employer down the track. Imagine…
As part of pandemic preparation, in the early 2000s many countries amassed large stockpiles of the influenza neuraminidase inhibitor Tamiflu. Tony Hisgett/Flickr

Controversies in medicine: the rise and fall of the challenge to Tamiflu

One of the biggest recent controversies in medicine involves the effectiveness of the antiviral drug Tamiflu. Governments have stockpiled the drug but many have raised doubts about its usefulness.

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