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st: Science for Sale

From   Michael Morrison <>
Subject   st: Science for Sale
Date   Sat, 02 Oct 2010 14:11:20 -0500

I apologize that this is off topic but it seems to me that the article below identifies a very important issue touching all of us who admire science, its critical claim to objectivity and the hope for science to improve quality of life.

Take a look at:

Boutron, I., Dutton, S., Ravaud, P., and D.G. Altman. 2010. /Reporting and interpretation of randomized controlled trials with statistically nonsignificant results for primary outcomes./ JAMA. 303(20): 2058-64.

If you don't have access to JAMA read this article which summarizes the results:

Science for Sale <>

Here's the first paragraph to provide a flavor of the article:

"A recent study in the /Journal of the American Medical Association/ found
over 40 percent of the best designed, peer-reviewed scientific papers
published in the world's top medical journals misrepresented the actual
findings of the research.(i <>) The "spin doctors" writing the papers found
a way to show treatments worked, when in fact, they didn't."

The consequences of /"science for sale" /are enormous. Just when society needs more decision-making based on the best science available we have rats in the house posing as objective researchers, pocketing money from corporations who stand to gain profits from published "scientific" articles.


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