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BP locking in scientists, research to prep for lawsuits

(arstechnica.com): The scientific community has always had difficulty policing conflicts of interest, since financial interests and other exterior motivations have a very real potential to influence if and how scientific data gets reported. This issue has historically reared its ugly head in the biomedical community, where many researchers also consult for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
   
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Some nutritionists may be turning to careers in medical ghostwriting or grantwriting

(allvoices.com): Numerous nutritionists including some in Sacramento, may be gently steering those in the field of nutrition journalism into medical ghostwriting stints. Or nutritionists may enter the field of grant writing. How would you like to ghostwrite freelance in the area of your interest specialty, for example nutrition and health? Others are in regulatory medical writing focusing on nutrition. And then there's the broader field of marketing writing by nutritionists working for various food manufacturers, food boards, and the government.
   
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Scientists take on Web 2.0 cure claims

(fiercebiotechit.com): The virtual trial has barged into drug development, and social media have made both trials and trial "findings" accessible to all. PatientsLikeMe, Facebook and Twitter are all at once empowering patients and worrying doctors, says Scientific American. Drug development appears to be becoming "an open-source and collaborative effort."
   
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E-book sales outstripping real books for first time, claims Amazon

(dailymail.co.uk): Sales of digital e-books have outstripped real books for the first time, according to Amazon. The firm said that it has sold 143 e-books for its Kindle e-reader for every 100 hardcover books over the past three months.
   
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Medical Residency Applicants and Plagiarism

(blogs.wsj.com): A team from Brigham&Women's Hospital wanted to know about a different sort of copycatting - using plagiarized material in a medical or surgical residency program admissions essay. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers report finding 'evidence of plagiarism' in 5.2% of such essays by applicants to Brigham's internal medicine, anesthesiology, general surgery, OB-GYN and emergency medicine residency programs between Sept. 2005 and March 2007.
   
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