Researchers ‘owe’ the public information about financial ties #ahcj14

When writing about medical studies, reporters should always ask researchers about any financial relationships with drug companies or device manufacturers. That was one of the main lessons from a panel on conflicts of interest on Saturday at Health Journalism 2014. Starting in September, sunshine provisions in the Affordable Care Act will require drug companies to […]

AHCJ member news: Reporting awards, job changes, new publications

Constance Alexander’s spoken opera, “The Way Home,” is featured in “Scenes from the Common Wealth: Short Plays & Monologues by Kentucky Women.” Focused on end-of-life issues, “The Way Home” was inspired by a series of interviews Alexander conducted in conjunction with a documentary series she produced for WKMS-FM, with accompanying articles in the Murray (Ky.) Ledger […]

Independent reviews find less benefit, more harm than first reported for bone protein product

Efforts to correct biased and dangerous medical studies are making more headlines. Shortly after I posted about a new idea to correct missing and misreported research, I got an email from AHCJ member John Fauber, an investigative reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His latest story for the Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today involves an extensive […]

When disease charities partner with drug companies, where does that leave patients (and reporters)?

A few weeks ago, I reached out to a disease charity for comment on a story I was working on. Disease charities are nonprofits like the American Heart Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, etc., that raise money to support the research, care and awareness of people who live with a given condition. The story was […]