Daniel R. Levinson found that 64 percent of the experts had potential conflicts that were never identified or resolved. In some cases, experts who were legally barred from advising on the vaccines did so anyway, The New York Times reported.
In nearly every case, the CDC failed to ensure that experts adequately filled out forms confirming they weren't being paid by companies with an interest in their decisions, said the report, expected to be released Friday. Levinson said the CDC must do a better job of screening experts who serve on its advisory panels, and the agency's new director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, agreed.
"Since the period covered in this review, C.D.C. has strengthened the financial disclosures and conflict-of-interest process by instituting improved business processes and realigning responsibilities and oversight," Frieden wrote, The Times reported.
Eleven Infant Deaths Linked to Simplicity Cribs: CPSC
The number of infant deaths linked to defective Simplicity cribs has risen to 11, even though there have been several warnings and recalls, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
Earlier recall announcements cited four reported deaths, the Associated Press reported.
The CPSC said the most recent death involved a 7-month-old child in Princeton, Ky., who became trapped in the crib when a part of it broke. The agency also said it knows of 25 other incidents involving drop-side parts detaching from Simplicity cribs.
More than two million Simplicity-manufactured drop-side cribs have been recalled since December 2005 because of problems with their plastic hardware, which can break or deform and cause the drop-side to detach, the AP reported.
This creates a space between the drop-side and crib mattress that infants can roll into and become trapped, leading to a suffocation risk.
Early Treatment for Tinnitus May Be Possible: Researchers
It may be possible to treat the ear-ringing disorder tinnitus soon after it begins, say Australian researchers.
Tinnitus, which is often associated with some degree of hearing loss, causes buzzing, ringing or whistling in one or both ears, or the head, BBC News reported.
Some forms of tinnitus are associated with spontaneous nerve activity in the brain and this activity, for a time, is dependent on nerve signals generated in the inner ear, found the University of Western Australia researchers.
They believe it may be possible to treat tinnitus in the early stages by reducing these nerve signals from the ear, BBC News reported.
Much more research needs to be done, but "it is a very exciting prospect," said lead researcher Professor Don Robertson.
The study appears in the journal Neuroscience.
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