COVID-19 – thinking aloud (or maybe thinking allowed?)

The current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our lives is ever present in most people’s thoughts and it dominates many of our conversations. A huge proportion of recent media output has been devoted to some aspect of the pandemic, its consequences, or our responses to it. Media coverage of the pandemic often appears to…

Why research fraud really does matter

Some basic definitions According to the US National Science Foundation (NSF): Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results. This must be done intentionally or in reckless disregard of accepted practices. They go on to define fabrication as being something that involves total…

Brief summaries of other cases of research misconduct

This section contains brief summaries of 13 further research misconduct cases in addition to the 20 full case-studies already posted. Each of these cases has at least one interesting feature that I considered made it worthy of inclusion such as: an unusual modus operandi; a country’s first criminal prosecution or custodial sentence for research fraud;…

Are UK alcohol guidelines reliable and realistic?

Overview In 1995, a report entitled “Sensible Drinking” was published by the UK Department of Health. In this report, the recommended maximum alcohol intakes were controversially raised to 4 units per day for men and 3 units per day for women. This equates to 28 and 21 units per week for men and women respectively…