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An evidence-based call to get pharma out of medical education

(blogs.crikey.com.au): A team of researchers from Australia, Canada and Malaysia has published a systematic review investigating the impact of pharmaceutical promotions in the online journal PLoS Medicine. The editor's summary of the review concludes that the findings support the case for reforms to reduce negative influence to prescribing from pharmaceutical promotion.
   
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We Thought The Internet Was Killing Print-But It Isn't

(paidcontent.org): The Guardian, Times and Telegraph are all down by around a third, and the Sun has lost more than a million: but again there's no mechanical relationship here. Price matters. It always does. But investment and innovation matter as well. They always do. And you can't help by being struck how little of that goes on in print these days.
   
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Many Scientific Reports Plagiarsed

(ipsnews.net): Embarrassing retractions of scientific papers and a thinly-disguised report favouring introduction of genetically modified crops by the country's top science academies have revived calls for more stringent action against plagiarism and unethical practices. India's scientific community professed shock to see three retraction notices published in the November-December 2010 issue of 'Biotechnology Advances', a prestigious international scientific journal, against three papers presented to it by Indian scientists..
   
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New evidence of the power of open access

(eurekalert.org): New findings settle one of the arguments about Open Access (OA) research publications: Are they more likely to be cited because they were made OA, or were they made OA because they were more likely to be cited? The study, which will be published in PLoS ONE on the first day of Open Access Week (18 October), shows that the OA citation impact advantage is just as great when OA is mandatory (i.e., the author's institution or funder requires the author to make all research publications OA) as it is when OA is optional (i.e., the author self-selects whether and what to make OA).
   
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Apple Fails to Impact Amazon as iBookstore Struggles After Six Months

(investorplace.com): The dialogue surrounding Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad since its April release has hailed the tablet's widespread success as not just emblematic of a sea change in consumer grade computing technology but also the death of the still larval e-reader market. With an install base estimated to be more than three times that Amazon Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AMZN) Kindle, a device that's been on the market five times longer than Apple's machine, there's compelling evidence that the iPad has indeed killed the e-reader before it truly had a chance to shine. This point of view presupposes that iPad users are using their tablets as e-readers though, purchasing e-books through Amazon's Kindle or Banes&Noble (NYSE: BKN) Nook apps or, more importantly, Apple's iBookstore, the literary equivalent of iTunes that launched alongside the iPad last spring.
   
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