Tag: Conflicts of Interest

Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s leading research institutions, announced on Friday that it would bar its top executives from serving on corporate boards of drug and health care companies that, in some […]

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The New Health Care: Congratulations on the Promotion. But Did Science Get a Demotion?

A number of recent news articles have brought renewed attention to financial conflicts of interest in medical science. Physicians and medical administrators had financial links to companies that went undeclared to medical journals even when they were writing on topics in which they clearly had monetary interests. Most agree such […]

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N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects

ImageCreditEric Risberg/Associated Press Six months after halting a study of moderate drinking that was underwritten by donations from the alcohol industry, the National Institutes of Health outlined a series of steps to prevent similar conflicts of interest and to safeguard the integrity of its research as well as its reputation. […]

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What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, the nonprofit journalism organization. One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors. These leading medical figures are […]

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Can Democrats Drain Trump’s Gilded Swamp?

Democrats are now preparing to assume control of the House. This offers many possibilities for oversight and investigation. For one, the House Ways and Means Committee has the right to inspect the president’s tax returns, and Democrats are sure to swiftly call on the Treasury to hand over President Trump’s […]

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We’re Suing the Florida Governor. He Should Not Oversee His Own Election.

On Sunday, the Republican secretary of state of Arizona, Michele Reagan, did a stunning thing. She explained to America why it was taking so long to count the ballots in Arizona’s unresolved Senate race. Her explanation was thorough, sober, informative and nonpartisan. Most important, it helped foster confidence in the […]

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Mueller Inquiry Faces New Uncertainty With Skeptic Atop Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, a top Justice Department official traveled across downtown Washington as he does every other week to the office of Robert S. Mueller III to check on the progress of the special counsel’s investigation. The visit was the first since President Trump installed a loyalist atop the […]

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Medicine’s Financial Contamination

The fall from grace last week of Dr. José Baselga, the former chief scientific officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, illuminated a longstanding problem of modern medicine: Potentially corrupting payments by drug and medical device makers to influential people at research hospitals are far more common than either side […]

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Top Cancer Researcher Fails to Disclose Corporate Financial Ties in Major Research Journals

Board of Directors ■ Aura Biosciences* (cancer startup) ■ Bristol-Myers Squibb ■ Foghorn Therapeutics (cancer startup) ■ Grail* (cancer testing startup) ■ Infinity Pharmaceuticals* (cancer startup) ■ Varian Medical Systems (radiation equipment) Scientific or Clinical Advisory Board ■ ApoGen Biotechnologies (cancer startup) ■ Aura Biosciences (cancer startup) ■ Grail (cancer […]

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Trump’s Emoluments Trap

The Foreign Emoluments Clause — specifically, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution — declares that “no Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or […]

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Ivanka Trump Shuts Down Namesake Fashion Brand

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s eldest daughter and a top White House adviser, is shutting down her namesake fashion brand more than a year after stepping away from the company. A spokesman for Ms. Trump’s brand confirmed on Tuesday that the process of winding down the company would begin immediately, that the brand’s licensing deals would […]

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Want Reliable Medical Information? The Trump Administration Doesn’t

The National Guideline Clearinghouse is a federal database intended to help doctors answer almost any medical question you can think of: Can this emergency room patient tolerate a procedure that normally requires an empty stomach? Does that patient need a stent? Which antibiotic should this patient be started on? If that sounds like a small […]

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Wilbur Ross Says He Will Sell Stock After Watchdog Warns of Potential Criminal Violation

WASHINGTON — Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, said he would sell all of his remaining stock holdings after the Office of Government Ethics faulted him for continuing to maintain investments — and enter into new ones — that he was required to divest. In a strongly worded letter, the ethics office said Mr. Ross’s ownership […]

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How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media

About the same time, Mr. Wolfe, too, appeared to be moving on. He gave another young female reporter covering the Intelligence Committee some valuable information, according to a person with direct knowledge of the interaction. Then he sent her a series of personal nighttime texts, including one at 10 p.m. asking her what she was […]

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It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of Drinking. They Wanted to Call It ‘Cheers.’

In June 2013, institute staff drew up a business plan making the case for the industry’s financial support of the study. “Once the data are released into the public domain via publication,” it said, “the industry can use that information to make or bolster whatever arguments and claims they choose.” It continued, “At that point, […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: Psychos on the Potomac

WASHINGTON — A new study from Southern Methodist University says the nation’s capital has more psychopaths per person than anyplace else in the country. No surprise there. Psychopathy is defined in the study as a “Temperamental and Uninhibited Region.” Which is the perfect description of the Trump reality distortion field where we all now dwell. […]

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Complex With New Trump Golf Club Will Get Chinese Help

Advertisement The president’s partner in Dubai has tapped a company controlled by the government in Beijing to help build a project featuring an 18-hole course designed by Tiger Woods. Flags emblazoned with the Trump name flying alongside Emirati flags and banners showing the logo of property developer Damac at the Trump International Golf Course, an […]

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The Donald J. Trump Foundation, Explained

On Thursday, the New York State attorney general sued the Donald J. Trump Foundation, charging it with “improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law.” The lawsuit follows years of scrutiny of President Trump’s charitable activities […]

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Benefited From Busy 2017 in Investing, Filing Shows

Last month, the White House released Mr. Trump’s financial disclosure, revealing for the first time a repayment of more than $100,000 to his personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, in 2017, raising questions about whether his filing a year earlier had improperly omitted the debt. One asset that Mr. Kushner did divest before joining the administration […]

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F.B.I. Official Wrote Secret Memo Fearing Trump Got a Cover Story for Comey Firing

WASHINGTON — The former acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe, wrote a confidential memo last spring recounting a conversation that offered significant behind-the-scenes details on the firing of Mr. McCabe’s predecessor, James B. Comey, according to several people familiar with the discussion. Mr. Comey’s firing is a central focus of the special counsel’s investigation into […]

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Trump Asked Sessions to Retain Control of Russia Inquiry After His Recusal

WASHINGTON — By the time Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrived at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for dinner one Saturday evening in March 2017, he had been receiving the presidential silent treatment for two days. Mr. Sessions had flown to Florida because Mr. Trump was refusing to take his calls about a pressing decision on his […]

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