Questions raised about industry influence on anti-depressant studies

(From Friday’s Globe and Mail: Published Thursday, Apr. 07, 2011 6:28PM EDT) – link

“For more than two decades, researchers have been unable to settle an important question: Can anti-depressant medications stimulate the growth of breast and ovarian cancers?

Some studies pointed to a link, but others did not.

Now a re-examination of the available evidence has cast a new – and disturbing – light on the previous research. Many studies that seemed to absolve the drugs of blame were carried out by researchers with close ties to the pharmaceutical industry, according to a report published this week in the online journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) One.”

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