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Scientific Research or Corporate Marketing?

(westpalmbeach.injuryboard.com): Though celebrities, executives, and politicians may have ghostwriters for speeches; using ghostwriters when publishing medical research and reports presents dangers to appropriate medical treatment and to the professional credibility of medical experts. After reports surfaced that drug companies were using educational grants from the Senate Finance Committee (hereinafter 'Committee') to finance and promote off-label uses of their drugs [uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (hereinafter "FDA")], the Committee inquired about financial relationships between pharmaceutical&device companies and articles published in medical journals. The Committee's inquiry resulted in distinct cases where there existed inconsistencies between the amount in payments physicians and scientists (authors of medical articles) received from drug companies and the amount reported by the institutions.
   
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Health Sites Use Semantic Technologies to Provide Better Results

(newsbreaks.infotoday.com): Searching for health information continues to be one of the most dominant areas of web search activity. Over the years, we've seen the development of better search capabilities in a newer generation of search engines that draw on semantic technologies (the meaning of language) to provide concept-based searching, in contrast to full-text search. Behind the scenes, the search engines draw on taxonomies and databases of medical concepts that include diseases, conditions, causes, symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, and other medically relevant attributes.
   
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How Trustworthy Are Online Ratings?

(scientificamerican.com): Web sites such as Amazon, TripAdvisor and Yelp have long depended on customers to rate books, hotels and restaurants. The philosophy behind this so-called crowdsourcing strategy holds that the truest and most accurate evaluations will come from aggregating the opinions of a large and diverse group of people.
   
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Federal Agencies Issue Caution on Use of E-Readers in the Classroom

(printceo.com): In our rush to embrace iPads, Kindles, and other revolutionary electronic book readers, it's easy to forget that these devices can seem anything but revolutionary to those who can't see well enough to discern what's on their screens. But, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education haven't forgotten the exclusions that e-readers can cause when they are used as learning tools in classrooms where sight-impaired students are striving to keep up.
   
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Compulsory licensing in intellectual property

(smallgovtimes.com): Nearly one-fourth of scientists responding to a survey by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest general scientific body in the world, reported that patents were hampering their research. In the European Union, over 60 billion are wasted every year on research and development of products that are already protected by patent law. An experiment using a virtual world to simulate the effects of the US patent system found that the "participants were more likely to innovate when there was no intellectual property system at all, or when they could open-source their innovations and share them with people.
   
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