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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Feb. 8, 2016 — Despite strong preferences for ethical chocolate in focus groups, only 14 percent of millennials in individual choice studies selected candy with ethical or social factors labeling, according to a ... read more

A Stronger Ethical Culture Within the US Military Health Care Environment Is Needed, Experts Urge.

Jan. 5, 2016 — The health professional community should urge the United States Secretary of Defense to adopt and implement the recent recommendations of the Defense Health Board, and in addition rescind directives ... read more

The Ugly Consumer: Ridiculing Those Who Shop Ethically

Jan. 4, 2016 — No one wants to knowingly buy products made with child labor or that harm the environment. But a new study shows that we also don't want to work too hard to find out whether our favorite ... read more

CEO Compensation Study Examines Factors in Excess Returns

Dec. 14, 2015 — Of many issues associated with CEO compensation, excess returns are likely among the most controversial. Researchers examined how boards face pressures when trying to control this ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have found that everyday shoppers make assumptions about brands that use green colors. The findings hold ethical implications for environmentally friendly ... read more

Finding Fake Feedback

Nov. 30, 2015 — How can consumers trust customer feedback posted at online shopping sites when hoping to make a purchasing decision? Conversely, how can the company protect its reputation from false negative ... read more

NTDs Disproportionately Found in Areas of Poverty in Islamic Nations

Nov. 25, 2015 — The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation is an inter-governmental organization of 57 Muslim-majority countries with a mission to promote human rights and advance science and technology ... read more

Personal Interests Pivotal for Identification With Europe

Oct. 29, 2015 — What is the decisive factor for identification with Europe? Contact with people from European countries plays a more minor role, new research reveals. Personal interests are far more important: EU ... read more

Open Peer Review Could Result in Better Quality of Peer Review

Sep. 29, 2015 — Whether or not a research article has been peer reviewed openly can seemingly make a difference to the quality of the peer review, according to new research. When two similar journals were compared, ... read more

New Study Improves Understanding of Best Practices in Peer-Review of Research Proposals

Sep. 29, 2015 — The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has published findings from research it conducted on the relationship between panel discussion and scoring in teleconference and face-to-face ... read more

New Report Examines Regulation of Federally Funded Research

Sep. 22, 2015 — Continuing expansion of federal research regulations and requirements is diminishing the effectiveness of the US scientific enterprise and lowering the return on the federal investment in research by ... read more

Catching the 'Black Sheep' Among Bankers

Sep. 21, 2015 — Unethical conduct by employees of financial institutions can usually be traced back to improper incentives in the internal corporate structure, according to research. In addition to selecting ... read more

When Fed Locks Up Funds, Small Businesses Suffer

Sep. 17, 2015 — When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to slow down a speeding economy -- effectively raising the price of money -- banks often sell down their stockpile of securities to keep the financial ... read more

'Unethical' Targets in India's Private Hospitals

Sep. 3, 2015 — Many doctors working in India's private hospitals are under pressure to carry out unnecessary tests and procedures to meet revenue targets, according to a new ... read more

How Can We Improve Data Sharing of Biomedical Research Across the Globe?

Aug. 21, 2015 — With the globalization of biomedical research and growing concerns about possible pandemics of diseases such as HIV, SARS, and Ebola, international data-sharing practices are of growing interest to ... read more

Patient-Funded Trials May Do More Harm Than Good, Ethicists Warn

Aug. 6, 2015 — A new article outlines how patient-funded trials may seem like a beneficial new way to involve more patients in research and establish new funding opportunities, but instead they threaten scientific ... read more

Are Animal Models Still Essential to Biological Research?

Aug. 3, 2015 — A new article covers the use of animal models in scientific research. The use of animals in scientific research prompts regular debate and it can be difficult to garner a clear picture of the actual ... read more

Bioethicists Call for End to 'Pay-to-Play' Clinical Research

July 29, 2015 — Charging people to participate in research studies is likely to undermine the fundamental ethical basis of clinical research, according to a new paper written by bioethicists. The paper outlines the ... read more

Guidelines: Authors' Conflicts of Interest Should Lead to Consequences

July 22, 2015 — A guideline—recommendations on diagnosing and treating a particular disorder—aims to present the best possible treatment for patients. However, when guidelines are compiled their authors often ... read more

Physician Peer Influence Affects Repeat Prescriptions

July 14, 2015 — A new study finds that peer influence among physicians can affect both trial and repeat prescription behavior of a risky new prescription drug. The study tracks prescriptions of a new drug over 17 ... read more

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