DEC
02
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Money: Well Spent and Wasted

My career in medicine and infectious diseases started at the same time as the AIDS epidemic.  Remember, association is not always causation. The first report  of what would be AIDS was June 5, 1981 when I was a second year medical student. The next 20 years would be spent taking care of young men with a mysterious disease t...
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AUG
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Oregon Health & Pseudo-Sciences University

Growing up my alma mater was University of Oregon Medical School. Since then it has undergone two name changes. First to Oregon Health Sciences University and then to the current Oregon Health & Sciences University, OHSU. Perhaps they need one more name change, since they are not always that interested in the Science part of their name. Some ba...
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DEC
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Keeping an eye on NCCAM research may become easier if new NIH policy adopted

According to JAMA,  a recent analysis of 400 clinical studies revealed that 30% had not shared results through publication or through results reporting in ClinicalTrials.gov within 4 years of completing the research.  Why? 

The scientific community has a disappointing track record for dissemination of clinical trial results. Numerous factors may contribute to these poor publication rates, including some that are beyond the control of researchers. Despite the best efforts of investigators, the results of some trials may never reach the threshold deemed necessary to merit the attention of journal editors and readers.

A big step forward in clinical trial transparency was made in November when the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health published proposals requiring researchers to report the results of certain trials at ClinicalTrials.gov.  

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JUL
06
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Research shows research doesn't matter

Do the facts matter? 

When Beliefs and Facts Collide, an opinion piece by Brendan Nyhan published over the weekend in the NY Times, thinks not, not when it interferes with identity issues, like religion and politics.  Dismayed scientists have concluded from this that more education is in order. If people just knew the facts! But according to a new study from Yale, cited by Mr. Nyhan, facts don't matter. The study concludes

that the divide over belief in evolution between more and less religious people is wider among people who otherwise show familiarity with math and science, which suggests that the problem isn’t a lack of information. When he instead tested whether respondents knew the theory of evolution, omitting mention of belief, there was virtually no difference between more and less religious people with high scientific familiarity. In other words, religious people knew the science; they just weren’t willing to say that they believed in it. 

According to Mr. Nyhan, this helps explain why he and his colleagues have found that 

factual and scientific evidence is often ineffective at reducing misperceptions . . . .

Tell us about it!  If he thinks it's difficult with issues like health care reform (another stubborn issue he mentions), he should try CAM beliefs. 

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