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Re: st: Science for Sale


From   Marcello Pagano <pagano@hsph.harvard.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Science for Sale
Date   Sun, 03 Oct 2010 10:09:32 -0400

This indeed is off topic.  Why did you persist beyond the apology?

As much as I may sympathize with the sentiments expressed, I don't want Statalist to degenerate into an advertising platform for Mark Hyman; he does very well for himself without our help, thank you.

Let's not expand the thread.

m.p.

On 10/2/2010 3:11 PM, Michael Morrison wrote:
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 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/dangerous-spin-doctors-7-_b_747325.html>

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 <http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/303/20/2058>) 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.

Mike












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