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Study Funding Can Affect Study Outcomes

Certain researchers are cautioning consumers to be aware that results from certain studies may be biased or even altered when funded by industries. Researchers add that studies that are funded by governments and independent groups tend to be more reliable and less likely to be biased. The reason? Simply, studies that do not reap favorable results can be easily swept under the carpet by industries who funded them. Additionally, many researchers rely on industries to provide research monies in order to conduct and further studies. Unfavorable results can potentially mean less money to fund existing and future studies. According to the researchers, situations like this tend to be more common in the food industry as the government does not spend all that much money studying nutrition.

Source: Reuters; January 2007.