Instances of Scientific Misconduct

Misconduct in Bone Health Studies

Over the past few decades, many papers regarding bone health were retracted due to inconsistent results, falsified data, and concerns regarding findings. For example, Yoshiro Sato and Jun Iwamoto (both featured on this site) had many papers retracted due to scientific misconduct in regards to bone research and anesthesiology. Another example regarding bone health study misconduct comes from retractions in osteoporosis and osteoporosis drug’s research. In this example, researchers created a fake disease called ‘osteopenia’ to sell more of the treatment drugs to increase their own profits. In addition, much of the committed scientific misconduct were on the topics of bone fractures and bone fracture treatments.

Analysis Shows Unreliable Results in Osteoporosis Studies (MedPage Today, November 10, 2016)

Bolland, M. J., Avenell, A., Gamble, G. D., & Grey, A. (2016). Systematic review and statistical analysis of the integrity of 33 randomized controlled trials. Neurology, 87(23), 2391-2402.

Evidence of Fraud Discovered in 33 Medical Studies (Patch, November 11, 2016)

Fraud by bone researcher takes down two meta-analyses, a clinical trial, and review (Retraction Watch, April 18, 2017)

How A Bone Disease Grew To Fit The Prescription (NPR, December 21, 2009)

Osteoporosis: An Avoidable Crisis (Scientific American, March 1, 2018)

Osteoporosis Drugs: Good Medicine or Big Pharma Scam? (Science-based Evidence, January 5, 2010)

Parkinson’s Researcher Notches 17 Retracted Papers (The Scientist, September 13, 2017)

Probable scientific misconduct in bone health studies, new study suggests (ScienceDaily, November 9, 2016)

Researcher at the center of an epic fraud remains an enigma to those who exposed him (Science Magazine, August 17, 2018)

Researcher studies osteoporotic bone fractures to rethink treatment (USTA Today, October 12, 2019)

Study Suggests Probable Scientific Misconduct in Bone Health Studies (Bioscience Technology, November 10, 2016)

Yan, J., MacDonald, A., Baisi, L. P., Evaniew, N., Bhandari, M., & Ghert, M. (2016). Retractions in orthopaedic research. Bone and Joint Research, 5(6), 263-268.

Women’s College researcher ‘manipulated’ study results: hospital president (, October 26, 2015)