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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Competing interests and bias; PPROM; Gaps in health research

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Closing out our April publishing month, PLoS Medicine publishes three new articles, including the monthly editorial which revisits conflicts of interest policies.

The PLoS Medicine Editors discuss financial conflicts of interest at the American Psychiatric Association, and raise concerns about new evidence from the social sciences that suggests conflict of interest disclosures worsen rather than ameliorate bias.

In a randomized controlled trial David van der Ham and colleagues investigate induction of labor versus expectant management for women with preterm prelabor rupture of membranes.

As part of a cluster of articles leading up to the 2012 World Health Report and critically reflecting on the theme of “no health without research,” Martin McKee and colleagues examine the question of what to do to build capacity in the many countries around the world where health research is virtually non-existent.

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Discussion
  1. “examine the question of what to do to build capacity in the many countries around the world where health research is virtually non-existent.”

    In my opinion the best way to build capacity in countries where health research is non-existent is for them to depend, learn and seek help and knowledge from countries like the US where there’s a very high level of research. It’s the best way to build their own research groups. They should send their specialist here in the US and allow them to study here and to build networks with our specialists and ask assistance from our many universities and similar research establishments.

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