Wednesday, August 27, 2014

U to injured research subjects: "Pay your own medical bills."

Let's say you volunteer for a research study at the University of Minnesota.  If you are seriously injured or disabled, who pays for your medical care?  Not the U.  Have a look at this consent form for the CATIE study, which spells it out for you.  The University of Minnesota does "not provide financial assistance for medical or other costs."

What if you're permanently disabled and can no longer work?  Will you be compensated?  Nope, afraid not. "In the event of personal injury resulting from the research procedures, financial compensation cannot be provided."

Of course, you can always sue them. (What the consent form doesn't mention, of course, is that the local courts have ruled that the U is immune from such litigation.)

Monday, August 25, 2014


Doctors are being misled: The case of reboxetine

Maybe they needed a war criminal

How else to explain why Condoleezza Rice was chosen to be a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee?

The Steven Salaita controversy

If you care about academic freedom, you should be following the case of Steven Salaita.

Start with this, this, and this.

Dallas hospital threatens injured homeless man with police action

"A homeless man with multiple broken bones begged the staff at Parkland Memorial Hospital not to discharge him to a homeless shelter last month. He feared for his safety."

"Instead, he was threatened with police action until he agreed to leave the county hospital in a wheelchair and wearing three casts."

Read more here.