Ethics Matter in Chocolate Milk Research

January 18, 2016

The University of Maryland is distancing itself from a press release about a study claiming to have shown that a particular brand of chocolate milk can help cure concussions, the Associated Press reported. The release came under fire recently after experts pointed out that it included little evidence to support its claims and did not acknowledge possible conflicts of interest with the chocolate milk company that helped pay for the research.

"We value our reputation and we value the advice we give to the public, and I believe this is not characteristic of what a leading, respected university should do," Pat O'Shea, Maryland’s vice president of research, told AP. The college is reviewing the study, he said, not to verify its results but to determine why it was published without proper vetting.

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