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Doctors Wary of Studies Funded by Pharmaceutical Industry, Study Shows

Physicians are about half as willing to prescribe drugs tested in pharmaceutical-industry funded trials than those in NIH-funded studies, a new study finds.

Physicians are less likely to trust the results of clinical trials when they know those trials were funded by pharmaceutical companies, regardless of the quality of the research, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows.

The study, led by Dr. Aaron Kesselheim of the Harvard Medical School in Boston and co-authored by University of Arizona associate professor of law Christopher Robertson, evaluated physicians’ confidence in the results of drug trials conducted with a high, medium or low level of methodological rigor. It then looked at how their confidence in those same results changed when a trial’s funding source was revealed as either the National Institutes of Health or a company in the pharmaceutical industry, versus when no funding source was disclosed. (more…)

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Controlling the Spread of Diseases Among Humans, Other Animals and the Environment

New NSF-NIH-USDA-BBSRC grants fund research on how infectious diseases are transmitted

West Nile virus, Lyme disease and hantavirus are all infectious diseases spreading in animals and in people. Is human interaction with the environment somehow responsible for the increase in incidence of these diseases?

A joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program is providing answers.

It supports efforts to understand the underlying ecological and biological mechanisms behind human-induced environmental changes and the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases. (more…)

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Public Health Sites Rank Among the Most Visited U.S. Federal Government Sites

NIH.gov Leads as Top Site in the Government Category Attracting More than 10 Million Visitors in September

Nearly 18% of All Clicks from Flu Searches in September Drive Traffic to CDC.gov

RESTON, VA, November 1, 2011 – comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a study of audience visitation to public health sites in the U.S. The study found that health-focused sites represented 3 out of the top 10 federal Government sites in September, indicating a high level of public interest in health information. NIH.gov, the flagship property of the National Institutes of Health, drew 10.6 million Americans in September 2011, making it the most popular site in the Government category. (more…)

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Government Sites Reach 40 Percent of Americans but Lag Behind Overall Internet Growth

*Interest in Government Jobs Propels USAJobs.gov Alongside Commercial Career Sites*

RESTON, VA, September 12, 2011 – comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an analysis of traffic to federal Government sites, which showed a decline over the past year despite attempts to make the government more digital-friendly. In July 2011, 87.6 million Americans visited a government site, representing 40.7 percent of the total U.S. online population. Although today’s audience represents an 11-percent increase in visitors vs. five years ago, this number is significantly lower than the 24-percent growth in the total U.S. Internet population over the same period of time. (more…)

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