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Cancer research & conflicts of interest

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Pharmaceutical companies had a hand in about 17% of cancer research published in well-respected medical journals in 2006.  This raises major concerns about conflicts of interest.

University of Michigan researchers combed through more than 1500 cancer research studies -- and found that overall -- nearly a third disclosed conflicts of interest.  About 12% involved a study author who was an industry employee.

The randomized trials with reported conflicts of interest were more likely to have positive findings.

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