Why am I not surprised that when there was shenanigans involving prescription companies hiring paid ghost writers to write journal articles, it was articles about women’s health?
The article in question was about hormone therapy (formerly called hormone replacement therapy). It was published as an “Editor’s Choice” article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It contradicted a major study linking combination hormone therapy to an increased risk in breast cancer. This article said there was no evidence to support this, and suggested that women on hormone therapy actually survive cancer better.
I have been to three ob/gyn conventions, and at all three there was a featured speaker whose main point was to contradict the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) (which found a link between hormone therapy and heart disease) and/or the link between hormones and cancer.
I did a quick search on the Google, and the same physician who let his name appear on this supposedly ghost written article is also listed on the Cochrane Review of phytoestrogens for vasomotor sympyoms of menopause. You know, the natural alternative to hormone therapy that many women switched to after the WHI came out. Again, why am I not surprised that the review concluded that there was no significant benefit?