Study: Placebo often has same effect as ‘real’ treatment

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0062599

Placebos and treatments often have similar effect sizes. Placebos with comparatively powerful effects can benefit patients either alone or as part of a therapeutic regime, and trials involving such placebos must be adequately blinded.

Might wanna call up the homeopaths, at least water is cheaper to produce.

We all have those days, months.... YEARS.

I demand biology for proof of your mental illness. BP shifts would be sufficient, damn, anything to distinguish you from a method actor. 

Link: Nearly all of our medical research is wrong

Nearly all of our medical research is wrong

OT: The vaccine brigade would do well to remember the field has problems…

Don’t expect that cure for cancer soon, the charities should be sued for false advertising.

This is mostly a pharma finding.

Something is rotten in the state of biomedical research. Everyone who works in the field knows this on some level. We applaud presentations by colleagues at conferences, hoping that they will extend the same courtesy to us, but we know in our hearts that the majority or even the vast majority of our research claims are false.

This paper linked: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124#pmed-0020124-b6

When it came to light that the biotechnology firm Amgen tried to reproduce 53 “landmark” cancer studies and managed to confirm only six, scientists were “shocked.”

Sure they were.

“A lot of what is published is incorrect” ~ The Lancet

http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736%2815%2960696-1.pdf

“A lot of what is published is incorrect.” I’m not allowed to say who made this remark because we were asked to observe Chatham House rules. We were also asked not to take photographs of slides. Those who worked for government agencies pleaded that their comments especially remain unquoted, since the forthcoming UK election meant they were living in “purdah”— chilling state where severe restrictions on freedom of speech are placed on anyone on the government’s payroll. Why the paranoid concern for secrecy and non-attribution? Because this symposium—on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, held at the Wellcome Trust in London last week—ouched on one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the idea that something has gone fundamentally wrong with one of our greatest human creations…..

Oh, I have stories about Chatham House.

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