The Sweet Truth: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements and Sugar Industry Influence on Research Priorities

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Amol and Janice want you to understand the following:

1. Several RCTs and observational studies suggest that Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement reduces mortality and improves symptoms in frail, elderly patients.

2. A historical analysis demonstrates that the sugar industry had heavy influence in setting national dental research priorities in the 1970s, which is relevant for industry relations in research today.

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The papers

SR Kapadia et al. 5-year outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement compared with standard treatment for patients with inoperable aortic stenosis (PARTNER 1): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2015 Mar 15. pii: S0140-6736(15)60290-2. Epub. (PubMed).

CE Kearns et al. Sugar industry influence on the scientific agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research’s 1971 National Caries Program: a historical analysis of internal documents. PLOS Med. 2015 Mar 10;12(3):e1001798. (PubMed).

Good Stuff

Love, Death and Spaghetti. Theresa Brown. New York Times. 2015 Apr 11.

Nicola’s Death Star strikes back: Now visitors to £1billion Glasgow super-hospital get stuck in the lifts… because they have no buttons inside. Hannah Parry. Mail Online. 2015 May 10.






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