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Podcast: John Ioannidis – “scourge of sloppy science”
The BMJ called him “the scourge of sloppy science.”
Asked to summarize his personality in 3 words, he used: “Uncompromising…gentle…maniac.”
He’s Dr. John Ioannidis. He’s made a career out of doing science about science. Doing good science about bad science, about flawed science, about irreproducible science, about science that lacks transparency – to other scientists and certainly to the general public.10/24/2012
Ioannidis evidence-based medicine update
Readers of this blog know that I frequently point readers to the work of John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, chief of the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Here are several updated items in the news: A Stanford Med School blog published a piece, “Tropical disease treatments need more randomized, controlled trials,” citing an analysis published in […]2 5/17/2012
Ioannidis: “We need to move away from…big promises. Very little of what we do will be so lucky as to break new ground.”
In the most recent issue of The NIH Record, which is the biweekly newsletter for employees of the National Institutes of Health, there’s an article about Dr. John Ioannidis, director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and someone whose work I’ve recommended to many audiences. Ioannidis recently spoke at a seminar sponsored by the NIH […]
We help journalists avoid reliance on sources with financial conflicts of interest
For the past 11 years, HealthNewsReview.org has helped journalists find industry-independent experts to use as sources in their stories. It’s an effort begun by journalists Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee (now a VP at the Lown Institute), but joined by me and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, of Georgetown not long after. You can read more about […]
Fact-checking – by itself – is inherently flawed on health care topics
Fact-checking has become one of the buzziest buzzwords in journalism. There are more than 100 fact-checking projects around the world. It’s been trotted out to counter alleged “fake” news. And to monitor the accuracy of political leaders who stretch the boundaries of believability. April 2 has been proclaimed International Fact-Checking Day. Indeed, genuine fact-checking may play an important […]2
5 categories of quality web content for you to explore when we cease daily publication
Many of you have asked by email or on Twitter, “Where do we turn for help after you go away?” First, we’re not disappearing on January 1, 2019, and the site won’t go dark. I’ll keep it alive for at least three years. And I hope to add new content periodically by hiring freelancers or writing […]
Podcast: The polluted stream of health care information
As health care information flows from its source to the general public there are several opportunities for contamination. Who is doing this? And how?
5-Star Friday: Movers & shakers
There are voices in healthcare that don’t get heard nearly enough; certainly the general public may not even know they exist. That’s understandable in a time when many of us feel swamped by too much information coming at us from too many directions. It can be difficult to sift through all the choices and separate […]4
What you need to know about claims that whole grains can prevent diabetes
Check out these enticing headlines based on a recent study linking whole grains to lower diabetes risk: HealthDay: Want to avoid type 2 diabetes? Eat more whole grains New York Post: Eating enough whole grains cuts risk of getting diabetes: study The Spectator: Eating enough whole grains can reduce diabetes risk by a third If […]
3 reasons why you should be suspicious of study ‘subgroup’ results
If you’re living with diabetes, you might be tempted to click on a headline like this one from a National Institutes of Health news release touting cardiovascular benefits from a cholesterol drug. “Fenofibrate may reduce heart disease risk in some patients with type 2 diabetes” The release goes on to suggest that among patients with […]1
Off-label drug marketing: Who will decide what’s “truthful” when the evidence can’t be trusted?
Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held an important public hearing on “off-label” marketing of drugs and medical devices to physicians. “Off-label” refers the use of an FDA-approved medical product for a condition that it hasn’t been approved to treat — for example using a drug approved for depression to treat a […]
Black box warnings for ‘lifesaving’ hepatitis C drugs highlight systematic misinformation
You may have seen the news a few weeks ago that the FDA is now requiring a “black box warning” on drug labels for certain antiviral hepatitis C medications known as direct-acting antivirals. As Roy Poses, MD, noted on the blog Health Care Renewal, the drugs have been reported to reactivate dormant hepatitis B infections, a […]
‘Why Most Clinical Research Is Not Useful’ yet tsunami of news about it
Within the quotation marks in the headline above is the title of a new paper in PLoS Medicine by Stanford’s John Ioannidis. He again holds up a mirror for scientists, journals, policymakers, journalists and the general public. Excerpt: “There are many millions of papers of clinical research—approximately 1 million papers from clinical trials have been […]1
Top journal editors resist transparency
It’s difficult to make a case for hiding or obscuring information about health and the medicines we take, but it seems the editors of two top medical journals are doing just that. The decisions of these editors substantially affect the quality of medical research studies reported, what public relations officials communicate about those studies, and […]1
Podcast: A gold medal year as we approach our 10th anniversary
2015 was a gold medal year for HealthNewsReview.org – and for our users as well, we hope.
One year ago today, this project had no operating budget. I was keeping the site going by myself with only occasional blog posts. I had no funds to work on the website, to do team-driven systematic news story reviews, to expand, or to do different things, or to pay anybody anything.