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Gina Kolata

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October 2003: Journalist.


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Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) New York Times Source Sep 4, 2011

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Sep 04, 2011 As Sports Medicine Surges, Hope and Hype Outpace Proven Treatments

QUOTE: growing problems in sports medicine, a medical subspecialty that has been experiencing explosive growth. Part of the field’s popularity, among patients and doctors alike, stems from the fact that celebrity athletes, desperate to get back to playing after an injury, have been trying unproven treatments, giving the procedures a sort of star appeal. But now researchers are questioning many of the procedures, including new ones that often have no rigorous studies to back them up.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2011 How Bright Promise in Cancer Testing Fell Apart

QUOTE: as patients and their doctors try to make critical decisions about serious illnesses, they may be getting worthless information that is based on bad science. The scientific world is concerned enough that two prominent groups, the National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Medicine, have begun examining the Duke case; they hope to find new ways to evaluate claims based on emerging and complex analyses of patterns of genes and other molecules.

New York Times
Aug 02, 2009 Lack of Study Volunteers Hobbles Cancer Fight ("Forty Years' War" part 4)

QUOTE: There are more than 6,500 cancer clinical trials seeking adult patients, according to But many will be abandoned along the way. More than one trial in five sponsored by the National Cancer Institute failed to enroll a single subject, and only half reached the minimum needed for a meaningful result Dr. [Scott] Ramsey and his colleague John Scoggins reported...

New York Times
Jun 27, 2009 Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe

QUOTE: One major impediment, scientists agree, is the grant system itself. It has become a sort of jobs program, a way to keep research laboratories going year after year with the understanding that the focus will be on small projects unlikely to take significant steps toward curing cancer.

New York Times
Oct 13, 2008 The Scan That Didn't Scan

QUOTE: This is a story about M.R.I.’s, those amazing scans that can show tissue injury and bone damage, inflammation and fluid accumulation. Except when they can’t and you think they can.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2008 Study Shows Problems With Olympic-Style Tests

QUOTE: Athletes who want to cheat by injecting themselves with a performance-enhancing drug that boosts their blood cell count can do so with little risk of getting caught, a new study indicates, possibly exposing another flaw in what is regarded as the world’s toughest anti-doping program.

New York Times
Apr 30, 2008 Some Athletes’ Genes Help Outwit Doping Test

QUOTE: Researchers have long known that some men, Asians in particular, seemed to be able to take the drugs without getting caught, although no one had identified the cause of the phenomenon. Without gene testing, there is no way to know whether any athletes have exploited this doping loophole, but Dr. Catlin says he suspects some athletes discovered their invulnerability by accident and took advantage of it.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2008 Citing Ethics, Some Doctors Are Rejecting Industry Pay

QUOTE: With little fanfare, a small number of prominent academic scientists have made a decision that was until recently all but unheard of. They decided to stop accepting payments from food, drug and medical device companies.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2007 Scientists Bypass Need for Embryo to Get Stem Cells

QUOTE: Researchers and ethicists not involved in the findings say the work should reshape the stem cell field. At some time in the near future, they said, today’s debate over whether it is morally acceptable to create and destroy human embryos to obtain stem cells should be moot.

New York Times
Jul 12, 2007 Some Chronically Ill Adults Wait for Medicare

QUOTE: “[The study] shows how unfair our system is,” said Louise Russell, a research professor at the Institute for Health at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.“These people were not getting care...

New York Times
Jun 26, 2007 Study Says Chatty Doctors Forget Patients

QUOTE: researchers discovered that doctors talked about themselves in a third of the audio recordings and that there was no evidence that any of the doctors’ disclosures about themselves helped patients or established rapport.

New York Times
Jul 26, 2006 Tents Simulating High Altitude Could Be Grounded

QUOTE: many are upset that the antidoping agency would even consider such a move. It would mean that for the first time, the question of performance enhancement moves from the use of drugs, like anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, and methods, like blood doping, to something much more nebulous.

New York Times
Jul 21, 2005 U.S. Will Offer Doctors Free Electronic Records System

QUOTE: ...Medicare, which says the lack of electronic records is one of the biggest impediments to improving health care, has decided to step in. In an unprecedented move, it said it planned to announce that it would give doctors - free of charge - software to computerize their medical practices.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2004 Scientist Who Cited Drug's Risks Is Barred From F.D.A. Panel

QUOTE: The Food and Drug Administration has told a researcher that he cannot be part of an advisory panel that will meet early next year to review the safety of a class of drugs...The he publicly stated that he thought one of these drugs caused heart problems...

New York Times
Aug 11, 2004 Health Plan That Cuts Costs Raises Doctors' Ire

QUOTE: The that 'we have a health care financing system where the incentives are totally misaligned.'...'Often financial incentives are set up to reward more office visits and more complications,' Dr. McClellan said.

New York Times
Jan 11, 2004 Cancer 'Prevention' Is Hot, but Experts Are Split

QUOTE: Cancer prevention is the new buzzword and competition among researchers for federal money is fierce. But experts are divided as to what can really be done to prevent the disease even as hundreds of the "worried well" pay hefty fees for information that may not protect them.

New York Times
Oct 15, 2003 F.D.A. Panel Reconsiders Silicone Implants

QUOTE: A manufacturer of silcone breast implants cites data to convince the FDA that they're safe but will its claims hold up?

New York Times
Oct 15, 2002 Stung by Courts, F.D.A. Rethinks Its Rules

QUOTE: At issue is the delicate balance between a company's right to communicate with its customers and the food and drug agency's mandate to protect the public.

New York Times
Jan 01, 2002 Fertility Inc.: Clinics Race to Lure Clients

QUOTE: Infertility has become a big, fiercely competitive business...With marketing promotions that can shade the truth, referring doctors and patients can find it hard to distinguish between centers with good reputations, like RMA, and ones that promise much more than they can deliver.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2001 U.S. Suspends Human Research At Johns Hopkins After a Death

QUOTE: After investigating the death of a young, healthy volunteer... a federal oversight agency yesterday suspended almost all the [Johns Hopkins] university's federally financed medical research involving human subjects.

New York Times