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Journalists encounter obstacles in identifying conflicts of interest in medical research

Journalists have new tools to decipher conflicts of interest in medical research, but there are still many obstacles to obtaining information, according to panelists at the Health Journalism 2010 conference in Chicago.

Steps have been taken on many fronts, from greater transparency on the part of researchers to stricter standards by editors of several major medical journals, but speakers at the April 23 panel, "Spotting conflicts of interest in medical research," agreed that journalists still face challenges in identifying bias.

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