I, too, along with Dr. Kittle, agree that the statement of funding declining should be further examined. Not only is there more funding from Congress, but if cancer funding is run through NIH, there are more fund raisers than ever to support that research. I think that NIH, along with the CDC & the FDA, have way too cosy of ties with pharma in particular. I doubt the integrity of any of those studies that pharma has funded, even if they are purported to be done to benefit the masses. The one who benefits the most is Big Pharma. And even though these groups are supposed to be consumer advocates, they have become industry advocates almost exclusively.
Trusting in self-reporting about any personal habit seems so naive that it is very hard to believe that this was an accidental error
Jeremy, while I appreciate the quality of the reporting here, I do have a question about the validity of a statement you make, one I have often heard without being substantiated “While it is easy to point fingers at the researchers themselves, perhaps their alleged behavior is merely the inescapable consequence of a generation of steadily decreasing public funds available for medical and scientific research in the United States.” First that is a poor excuse. Second given the large increase in NIH funding supported by a bipartisan majority, this year,is it even true over time? If you count all public sources for research funding, and even restricted to all sources for biological and medical research, over a 30 to50 year period of a active researchers career, has this really happened? What are the long term trend lines? Please be careful to consider several metrics, because, as your article points out, bias can result in asking for too narrow a definition of a study.
I am not sure it is possible to measure binge drinking by using the honor system. Things tend to get foggy… Alcohol is a unique product, the layers of challenges and conflicts are part of the formula. We do need a definitive unbiased study for universally accepted benchmarks. This article does a great job showing us how difficult a task these variables present.
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