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Health Journals May Force Reporting of Hedge Fund Ties

The New England Journal of Medicine and 13 other research publications may force scientists who submit studies to disclose payments from hedge funds in the wake of insider-trading probes involving a drugmaker and technology companies.

Editors for the New England Journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association and 12 other periodicals will discuss during their annual meeting in June whether researchers must reveal investment-industry ties, said Karen Buckley, a New England Journal spokeswoman. Existing rules on payments by drugmakers and device companies don’t cover arrangements with investors, Buckley said in a phone interview.