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Posts Tagged ‘Scientific Integrity’

Science, a Cartoon Contest, and a Top Ten List

With the summer months come many things: the Washington Nationals (currently in first place!), longer days, sangria, and the opportunity to laugh out loud at my desk as I look at entries in our  annual editorial cartoon contest. Read More

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BP Goes After Scientists Who Helped Them During the Gulf Oil Disaster

The attack on the privacy of scientists’ email communication is expanding. It’s not just those who deny climate change who are going after the emails. Two scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution wrote in the Boston Globe over the weekend that British Petroleum has successfully subpoenaed more than 3,000 confidential emails among scientists that discuss the Gulf oil disaster. Read More

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Senate Does the Right Thing for Whistleblowers – So Close to a Win-Win-Win

At last, a bit of good news and a glimmer of hope from Congress. Last Tuesday evening (May 8), the Senate unanimously approved S. 743, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. Read More

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New Executive Order Could Limit Ability of U.S. Science Agencies to Protect the Public

It is ironic that 50 years after the drug thalidomide was found to have caused serious harm to tens of thousands of babies in Europe and Great Britain, but not the U.S., both the Administration and Congress are backing efforts that could unravel the safety net and erode the power of American agencies to protect public health and safety. Read More

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How Conflicted Experts Can Sway FDA Drug Approval Decisions: A Case Study on Yaz

Experts on FDA advisory panels with financial conflicts of interest can influence the approval of a drug in multiple ways, not only by voting to approve a drug but also by dominating the discussion and pressuring other panelists. In the case of the popular contraceptive drug Yaz, four scientists with financial conflicts of interest were enough to push the vote in favor of the drug, with significant consequences for some women. Read More

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GM Drives Away From Climate Denial, Dumps Heartland Institute

The big news today is that General Motors said they’ll no longer fund a group that regularly attacks climate science.

According to the Huffington Post, “The automaker told the Heartland Institute last week that it won’t be making further donations, spokesman Greg Martin said.” Read More

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Money Talks, and What It’s Saying May Harm the FDA

Any way you look at it, $700 million is a lot of cash. That’s the amount that industries regulated by the FDA have spent since 2009 lobbying Congress and the Executive Branch. That investment is paying off as Congress now considers must-pass legislation that governs how the FDA uses science to evaluate prescription drugs and medical devices. Read More

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Where the FDA Turns When It Needs Scientific Advice

While there’s a wealth of scientific expertise inside the FDA and other federal scientific agencies, FDA’s scientific staff often rely on the advice of experts outside the agency to help them decide whether to approve a new prescription drug or medical device, or to recall a product or issue stronger warning labels when there are safety problems. Read More

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A Case Study in Scientific Integrity: The Science Behind Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

Last week, the administration delayed the release of a proposed rule on the regulation of global warming emissions from power plants. This came on the heels of a decision to withdraw a science-based standard for ground-level ozone pollution. Read More

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Comedy is Simply a Funny Way of Being Serious

Ever since I was a kid learning about the history of our country, I’ve loved editorial cartoons. They’ve been a part of American politics since Ben Franklin published “Join or Die”in the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754. I feel that often, a skilled cartoonist can take an abstract issue and make it personal and emotional considerably more effectively than an essay can. But I never thought I’d be able to bring that passion to UCS. Read More

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