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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Top Cancer Researcher Failed To Properly Disclose Pharma Ties

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet.

The researcher, Dr. José Baselga, a towering figure in the cancer world, is the chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has held board memberships or advisory roles with Roche and Bristol-Myers Squibb, among other corporations; has had a stake in start-ups testing cancer therapies; and played a key role in the development of breakthrough drugs that have revolutionized treatments for breast cancer.

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Nunes Using Campaign Funds For Anti-Science Podcast

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Voters in Republican Rep. Devin Nunes’ California district haven’t seen much of their congressman lately. He’s been keeping a low profile, dodging scandals and anger from his constituents that he’s more focused on protecting Trump than addressing their needs.

Plus he’s been recording an “official podcast,” funded by his campaign. And he is using that platform to promote an anti-science, climate change-denying historian to explain the causes of the California wildfires.

On his latest episode, Nunes asks Dr. Bruce Thorton, introduced as a “classicist historian,” if it is global warming or something else that is causing the problems with so many fires in California.…

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Senators Fear Trump Policy Will Damage Nuclear Safety

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

New Mexico’s senators are asking Congress to block a Department of Energy order that would limit a federal board’s access to information about nuclear facilities and could hinder its ability to oversee worker health and safety.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the leaders of a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Democratic Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall also asked their colleagues to block impending staff cuts and a broad reorganization at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. New Mexico is home to three of the 14 nuclear facilities under the board’s jurisdiction: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

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