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In 2011, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke in African-Americans with heart disease, according to a press release. The study had a lovely pedigree: It was funded by the National Institutes of Health...

In 2011, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke in African-Americans with heart disease, according to a press release. The study had a lovely pedigree: It was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and a version of it had been presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association.

But there was one thing: The study came not from a traditional university, but from the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa.

Twelve minutes before the study was scheduled to be published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, it was suddenly withdrawn. The explanation was that the authors had presented the journal with new data that would have to be reviewed before the study could...

A chilling story by Peter Whoriskey in The Washington Post shows how...

A chilling story by Peter Whoriskey in The Washington Post shows how drug companies have misused their influence and their expertise to corrupt and distort research on new drugs. "Over the past decade, corporate interference has repeatedly muddled the nation’s drug science, sometimes with potentially lethal consequences," Whoriskey writes.

Much of what Whoriskey reports has been reported before, but he expertly weaves together reporting, analyses of publications, and the results of a Senate investigation into a devastating indictment of the drug industry.

He begins recounting the story of Avandia, a diabetes drug that GlaxoSmithKline claimed outperformed its competitors, according to a study published in the...

Last year, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke, and was associated with reduced blood pressure and stress in African-Americans with heart disease, according to...

Last year, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health claimed to find that Transcendental Meditation could reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke, and was associated with reduced blood pressure and stress in African-Americans with heart disease, according to a press release.

The study had the proper pedigree, with one important exception. It had been presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association. It was set for publication in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal published by the American Medical Association. And it had the NIH funding. The exception? The study came not from a traditional university, but from the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. 

The paper was scheduled to be published online on June 27, 2011, but...