When a Congressional investigation revealed in June that Dr. Joseph Biederman, a world-renowned child psychiatrist, had earned far more money from drug makers than he had reported to his university, he said that his interests were “solely in the advancement of medical treatment through rigorous and objective study.”
But e-mail messages and internal documents from Johnson & Johnson made public in a court filing reveal that Dr. Biederman pushed the company to finance a research center at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, with a goal to “move forward the commercial goals of J.& J.” The documents also show that the company prepared a draft summary of a study that Dr. Biederman, of Harvard, was said to have written.
Dr. Biederman’s work helped to fuel a fortyfold increase from 1994 to 2003 in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder and a rapid rise in the use of powerful, risky and expensive antipsychotic medicines in children.( Collapse )
Danger of Keeping Robert Gates
Thursday 13 November 2008
by: Robert Parry, Consortium News
Press reports say Barack Obama may retain George W. Bush's Defense
Secretary Robert Gates as a gesture to war-time continuity,
bipartisanship and respect for the Washington insider community,
which has embraced Gates as something of a new Wise Man.
However, if Obama does keep Gates on, the new President will be
employing someone who embodies many of the worst elements of U.S.
national security policy over the past three decades, including
responsibility for what Obama himself has fingered as a chief
concern, "politicized intelligence."
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Dear President-elect Obama,
If we don't make the deadline it gets changed to President Obama