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  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    07/29/2014 8:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 27, 2014 | Dr. Afshine Emrani
    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza ( The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community. The publication of an extremely biased one-sided analysis of such a complex situation is outrageous and full of lies. The authors (who deceitfully disclosed no conflict of interest) are members of biased pro-Palestinian groups who are hostile to Israel. And while individuals are definitely entitled to their opinions, hiding behind an MD degree does not entitle one to defame under the pretense of a publication in a...
  • A Doctor’s self-serving medical fraud which caused countless illnesses and deaths

    03/24/2014 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 64 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/24/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    In 1998, British Doctor Andrew Wakefield published research findings in Britain's famed medical journal The Lancet linking autism to a children’s vaccine (MMR) for measles, mumps and rubella. The doctor’s claims resulted in a panic as they “…triggered a slump in immunization levels, outbreaks of infectious disease and worldwide public worry.” In 2004, London Sunday Times reporter Brian Deer revealed that Dr. Wakefield had literally MADE UP the research which showed autism resulting in a matter of days after children had been vaccinated. Deer found that a group of attorneys was paying Wakefield large sums to discredit the MMR vaccine....
  • Drug 'may prevent stroke damage'

    10/08/2012 9:08:55 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/07/2012 | Unattributed
    It may be possible to use a drug to prevent some of the lasting and crippling damage caused by a stroke, according to doctors in the US and Canada. A safety trial, published in the Lancet Neurology medical journal, suggested the chemical NA-1 was safe to use. The study on 185 people also hinted that patients given the drug developed fewer regions of damaged brain tissue. The Stroke Association said that it was promising, but needed more research. Tests in primates had suggested NA-1 prevented brain cells dying when a stroke starved them of oxygen.
  • Global Action Must Be Taken To Stop Physical Inactivity

    07/20/2012 6:33:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | July 19, 2012 | Sarah Glynn
    The fifth and final paper in The Lancet Series on physical inactivity explained that because of the global reach, high prevalence, and colossal harms of inactivity, it should be considered pandemic. Harold W. Kohl, III, leading author and from the University of Texas Health School of Public Health, said:
  • Will the Government Pass Laws Requiring Exercise?

    07/20/2012 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | July 20, 2012 | Gary DeMar
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves us. He wants us to be healthy. So he’s taken it upon himself to pass laws to stop people from eating too much salt, trans fats, and big sugary drinks. He believes these new laws will make a difference. Of course, they might, but so will passing a law that requires everybody to eat only 1800 calories per day. When Mayor Bloomberg gets a hold of the new exercise study, there’s no telling what new laws will be passed. According to the medical journal The Lancelot, “a third of the world’s adults are physically...
  • Medical experts blast claim that nuns need contraception

    12/10/2011 6:44:40 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | December 10, 2011 | Michelle BAUMAN
    Women religious at World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. Washington D.C., Dec 10, 2011 / 08:05 am (CNA).- An article claiming that nuns should use contraception to lower their risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers drew criticism from medical professionals who say the study’s basis is seriously flawed.Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life International, said the argument was so poorly made that she initially thought the article was a parody.“It’s that bad,” she told CNA on Dec. 8, adding that the claims were not only outlandish but unsupported by the evidence presented in the analysis.Australian researchers Kara...
  • WikiLeaks: At Least 100,000 Iraqis Reportedly Killed During War

    10/22/2010 3:43:13 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 127 replies
    In what is being described as the largest release of secret U.S. military documents ever, the whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks has released a trove of classified reports about the war in Iraq, including a secret U.S. government tally that puts the Iraqi death toll between 109,000 and 285,000, according to news sources that received advanced copies of the documents.
  • Junk science kills

    02/04/2010 12:33:45 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 9 replies · 571+ views
    New York Post ^ | ELIZABETH M. WHELAN
    The media gave big headlines to this week's stories on a prestigious British medical publication's retraction of an article that had claimed to show a causal link between standard childhood vaccinations (measles, mumps and rubella) and autism. Yet the coverage of the Lancet affair didn't truly convey the outrageousness of the original publication or the gravity of its consequences--consequences long festering, since the paper was published not last week but 12 years ago. Many of us in the scientific community recognized the "study" as junk when it appeared in 1998. Even before we learned of then-unknown ethical failings by its...
  • Junk science kills

    02/04/2010 4:03:34 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies · 359+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 4, 2010 | ELIZABETH M. WHELAN
    The media gave big headlines to this week's stories on a prestigious British medical publication's retraction of an article that had claimed to show a causal link between standard childhood vaccinations (measles, mumps and rubella) and autism. Yet the coverage of the Lancet affair didn't truly convey the outrageousness of the original publication or the gravity of its consequences -- consequences long festering, since the paper was published not last week but 12 years ago. Many of us in the scientific community recognized the "study" as junk when it appeared in 1998. Even before we learned of then-unknown ethical failings...
  • Lancet Criticizes Pope's Remarks That Condoms Increase Spread of HIV

    03/29/2009 5:59:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 894+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | Mar-27-2009 | Carol Glatz
    ROME (CNS) -- While a top medical journal criticized Pope Benedict XVI's remarks that condoms increase the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a Harvard-based researcher said the pope's comments are supported by scientific evidence. An editorial prepared for the March 28 edition of the British medical journal The Lancet said the pope made "an outrageous and wildly inaccurate statement about HIV/AIDS" during an interview with journalists on a flight to Cameroon March 17. "The pope has publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue," said The Lancet editorial posted online before the publication date....
  • Nondisclosure Cited in Iraq Casualties Study (Lancet)

    02/16/2009 1:52:49 PM PST · by sazerac · 8 replies · 608+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 4, 2009 | GARY LANGER
    Controversial Survey Author Rebuked for Failing to Disclose Details of His Work In a highly unusual rebuke, the American Association for Public Opinion Research today said the author of a widely debated survey on "excess deaths" in Iraq had violated its code of professional ethics by refusing to disclose details of his work. The author's institution later disclosed to ABC News that it, too, is investigating the study. AAPOR, in a statement, said that in an eight-month investigation, Gilbert Burnham, a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "repeatedly refused to make public essential facts about...
  • Five Years of Failure (barf)

    03/14/2008 1:19:34 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 16 replies · 847+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 14, 2008 | Bianca Jagger
    If George Bush and Tony Blair had presided as CEOs over deceptive and fraudulent practices in the City comparable to those they are guilty of with regard to Iraq, they would have been immediately and unceremoniously sacked. Five years on, the legacy of the Iraq war is now clear. Let us look at the balance sheet. Based on an extrapolation from the figures of the Lancet study, more than 1 million Iraqi civilians have died - a figure that might even eclipse the genocide in Rwanda.
  • Anti-war Soros funded Iraq study

    01/13/2008 9:39:28 AM PST · by OCCASparky · 26 replies · 77+ views
    TimesOnline.UK ^ | 13 Jan 2008 | Brendan Montague
    A STUDY that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros. Soros, 77, provided almost half the £50,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal. Its claim was 10 times higher than consensus estimates of the number of war dead. The study, published in 2006, was hailed by antiwar campaigners as evidence of the scale of the disaster caused by the invasion, but Downing Street and President George Bush challenged its methodology. New research published by The New England Journal of...
  • Anti War Billionaire George Soros Funded Iraq Study

    01/13/2008 8:05:55 AM PST · by Son House · 42 replies · 206+ views
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2008 | FOXNEWS.COM
    Soros, 77, provided almost half the nearly $100,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal. Its claim was 10 times higher than consensus estimates of the number of war dead.
  • Anti-war Soros Funded Iraq Study(Which falsely claimed 650K Killed in Iraq invastion.)

    01/12/2008 5:09:00 PM PST · by kellynla · 27 replies · 146+ views
    timesonline ^ | January 13, 2008 | Brendan Montague
    A STUDY that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros. Soros, 77, provided almost half the £50,000 cost of the research, which appeared in The Lancet, the medical journal. Its claim was 10 times higher than consensus estimates of the number of war dead. The study, published in 2006, was hailed by antiwar campaigners as evidence of the scale of the disaster caused by the invasion, but Downing Street and President George Bush challenged its methodology. New research published by The New England Journal of...
  • The Lancet's Political Hit

    01/10/2008 7:44:28 AM PST · by ZGuy · 21 replies · 197+ views
    Three weeks before the 2006 elections, the British medical journal Lancet published a bombshell report estimating that casualties in Iraq had exceeded 650,000 since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. We know that number was wildly exaggerated. The news is that now we know why. It turns out the Lancet study was funded by anti-Bush partisans and conducted by antiwar activists posing as objective researchers. It also turns out the timing was no accident. Skeptics at the time (including us) pointed to the Lancet study's manifold methodological flaws. What the National Journal adds is that the Lancet study was funded...
  • Data Bomb(how George Soros skewed the Lancet Study)

    01/07/2008 7:09:24 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies · 254+ views
    National Journal ^ | January 4th | Neil Munro and Carl M. Cannon
    Over the past several months, National Journal has examined the 2006 Lancet article, and another [PDF] that some of the same authors published in 2004; probed the problems of estimating wartime mortality rates; and interviewed the authors and their critics. NJ has identified potential problems with the research that fall under three broad headings: 1) possible flaws in the design and execution of the study; 2) a lack of transparency in the data, which has raised suspicions of fraud; and 3) political preferences held by the authors and the funders, which include George Soros's Open Society Institute.
  • Data Bomb

    01/04/2008 11:48:45 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 7 replies · 194+ views
    National Journal ^ | 4 Jan 2008 | Neil Munro and Carl M. Cannon
    Editorials in many major newspapers cited the Lancet article as further evidence that the invasion of Iraq was a bad idea, and the liberal blogosphere ridiculed Bush for his response. Prominent mainstream media outlets quoted various academics who vouched for the study's methodology, including some who said they had reviewed the data before publication. Within a few weeks a backlash rose, although the contrarian view of the study generated far less press attention than the Lancet article. In the ensuing year, numerous skeptics have identified various weaknesses with the study's methodology and conclusions. Political blogs and academic journals have registered...
  • When Liars Can’t Figure

    07/26/2007 5:12:11 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 17 replies · 671+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | 26 July 2007 | .cnI redruM
    At some point in Lancet Magazine’s illustrious history, it acquired a cachet for excellence in scientific and medical journalism. Some considered it representative of Great Britain’s most impressive intellectual achievements. That must have been before they decided issue advocacy came first, properly calculating descriptive statistics came a distant second. This became apparent in their famous paper Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey David Kane of Harvard has issued a paper entitled Comments on the Confidence Intervals of Roberts et al. (2004) which begins with an abstract/pimp-slapping that questions either the technical competence or the...
  • Document drop: A new critique of the 2004 Lancet Iraq death toll study

    07/25/2007 3:19:12 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 6 replies · 875+ views
    One of the most useful roles of the blogosphere is its service as an open-source intelligence-gathering medium. You can draw on the expertise of people around the world at the touch of a button. We saw this with typography experts during the Rathergate scandal; Photoshop experts during the Reutersgate debacle; and military experts during the Jesse Macbeth unmasking. Now, it’s the statisticians and math geeks’ turn. Remember that massively-publicized 2004 Lancet Iraq death toll study? It was cited in nearly 100 scholarly journals and reported by news outlets around the world. “100,000 Civilian Deaths Estimated in Iraq” blared the Washington...
  • The Mark of Cain--Muslims have been the primary perpetrators and victims of their own violence.

    12/18/2006 7:29:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies · 1,026+ views
    Western Standard | Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 18, 2006 | Salim Mansur
    In October, the British medical journal The Lancet published a study by researchers from the Johns Hop-kins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Baghdad’s Al Mustansiriya University, alleging that “654,965 more Iraqis may have died since hostilities began in Iraq in March 2003,” than would have died had Saddam Hussein remained in power. That research was quickly subjected to expert scrutiny, and questions about its methodology cast doubt on its findings. The publication’s timing was perhaps no coincidence, as it came before the November 2006 U.S. congressional elections. The study supposed that, on average, “a thousand Iraqis have been violently...
  • How the Lancet Cooked the Numbers (Dirty work at the Lancet/Johns Hopkins crossroads)

    10/22/2006 12:47:13 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 28 replies · 995+ views
    StrategyPage ^ | October 22, 2006 | Harold C. Hutchison
    The recent survey, published in the British medical journal, "The Lancet," claiming over 650,000 civilian deaths due to the liberation of Iraq, was quickly labeled propaganda, not science. Is the survey accurate? The answer is, apparently not. The survey is widely out of sync with casualty counts by other organizations, and by a wide margin. A 2004 study by the same authors claimed 100,000 civilian casualties – a survey at odds with one done by the United Nations at the same time (which estimated 18,000 to 29,000 deaths). To compare this with other studies – the group Iraq Body Count...
  • CTV News Uses False Lancit Study!!!(Iraqi Deaths)

    10/21/2006 8:15:52 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 8 replies · 486+ views
    none ^ | 10/21/2006 | Vanity
    Watching the 24 hour Canadian "news" network this morning at 11:30 am. The "news" reporter had a "professor" from the University of Ottawa,Amir Attaran,repeatedly refer to the now proven false Lancit study claiming 650,000 Iraqi civilian deaths since it`s liberation. To repeat such lies and propaganda live on Canadian television was stunning. It quickly devolved from that point on as the "professor" continued unchallenged to state Iraq was certainly going to be another defeat just as in communist Vietnam. I`m urging all Freepers to contact CTV "news" by email and demand a retraction and that the "news reader" be fired...
  • Survey Says

    10/13/2006 10:12:36 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 3 replies · 411+ views
    Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons ^ | October 12, 2006 | Allen Forkum
    A study by a group led by Dr. Gilbert Burnham of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, to be published Thursday on the Web site of the Lancet, a British medical journal, will claim that about 600,000 Iraqis have died from violence in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began. ... They used a methodology known as "cluster sampling," which can be valid if using real data and not anecdotal reporting. Most of the original Lancet clusters reported no deaths at all, with the journal admitting, "two-thirds of all violent deaths were reported in one cluster in the city...
  • Experts From Across Political Spectrum Pound Partisan (Lancet) Study on Iraqi Civilian Deaths

    10/13/2006 12:54:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies · 579+ views ^ | October 13, 2006 | Mark Finkelstein
    Experts From Across Political Spectrum Pound Partisan Study on Iraqi Civilian Deaths Posted by Mark Finkelstein on October 13, 2006 - 14:55. With timing in the tradition of the leak of the Foley fiasco - geared to have maximum impact on the coming elections - a study was published earlier this week by The Lancet, a British medical science journal, claiming that 655,000 Iraqis have died “as a consequence of the war.”  The MSM predictably accorded the study great attention.In this item yesterday, I noted that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and MNF Commander Casey rejected the study's findings, which is...
  • J'accuse: Iraq the Model responds to the Lancet Lies

    10/12/2006 3:44:44 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 11 2006 | Omar Fadil
    Among the things I cannot accept is exploiting the suffering of people to make gains that are not the least related to easing the suffering of those people. I’m talking here about those researchers who used the transparency and open doors of the new Iraq to come and count the drops of blood we shed. Human flesh is abundant and all they have to do is call this hospital or that office to get the count of casualties, even more they can knock on doors and ask us one by one and we would answer because we’ve got nothing to...
  • Officials: Students Shared A Lancet

    09/21/2006 7:47:16 AM PDT · by steve-b · 31 replies · 817+ views
    SALINA, Kan. — A high school science teacher was suspended for allowing students to use the same instrument to draw blood from their fingers as part of a class project, district officials said Tuesday. About 50 juniors and seniors in two science classes at Salina High School South used the same lancet, or small pin, to prick their fingers on Monday, said Carol Pitts, spokeswoman for the Salina school district. The science teacher, who was not identified, was suspended with pay during an investigation, Pitts said....
  • 100,000 Iraqi Civilians...Saved, Not Killed?

    07/23/2006 9:15:27 PM PDT · by Logic Times · 7 replies · 655+ views
    Logic Times ^ | 7-22-06 | Dan Hallagan
    Fuzzy Moral Math Editor's Note: The fiction of 100,000 Iraqi civilian casualties has survived to this day in part because of the tantalizing propaganda value of such a large number. How many lightly informed people have tossed this number at you in debate without even realizing that the Lancet study doesn’t measure casualties at all? Now the number of 100,000 Iraqi civilians has new relevance, as the Iraqi Survival Count has surpassed the Lancet tally of "excess deaths." While I am not hopeful that the Iraqi Survival Count will enjoy the same exposure in the media as the Lancet death...
  • The Civilian Casualty Fable II: What Haditha Reveals

    06/26/2006 3:25:52 PM PDT · by Logic Times · 6 replies · 630+ views
    Logic Times ^ | 6-26-06 | Aslan
    The Civilian Casualty Fable II: What Haditha Reveals Haditha does not reveal what anti-war liberals want it to reveal: the savagery of an unwelcome and fatigued U.S. military and a war out of control. Oddly enough, they are entirely unaware that their obsession with Haditha is in fact an admission that the civilian casualty figures tossed around these last three years are, and have always been, propaganda. This civilian casualty fable began with the Lancet study in the fall of 2004, which claimed 100,000 civilian dead and painted a picture of indiscriminate U.S. military destruction: "Making conservative assumptions, we think...
  • Killing Me Softly - Is "putting down" a murderer "cruel and unusual"?

    04/29/2006 12:27:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 910+ views
    Reason ^ | April 28, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    Is "putting down" a murderer "cruel and unusual"? Convicted cop killer Clarence Hill had his day in the U.S. Supreme Court this week as the Justices heard arguments that executing him by lethal injection would violate the 8th Amendment's prohibition against inflicting cruel and unusual punishments. Hill's lawyer claimed that that the State of Florida could not guarantee that Hill would not suffer excruciating pain from the three drugs used together to execute first degree murderers. Lethal injection was devised as a "humane" method of execution by an Oklahoma anesthesiologist Dr. Stanley Deutsch in 1977. Deutsch's procedure involves rendering a...
  • Cancer Study Was Made Up, Journal Says

    01/18/2006 10:06:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 588+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 19, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    <p>A large study concluding that anti-inflammatory drugs reduce the risk of oral cancer was based on fabricated data, according to The Lancet, the prominent British medical journal that published the report last year.</p> <p>The principal author was Jon Sudbo, a cancer researcher at the Norwegian Radium Hospital in Oslo. He had four co-authors at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and another at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York.</p>
  • Study Says Circumcision Reduces AIDS Risk by 70%

    07/05/2005 5:11:03 AM PDT · by Paladin2b · 77 replies · 1,666+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 5, 2005 | MARK SCHOOFS, SARAH LUECK and MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    In a potentially major breakthrough in the campaign against AIDS, French and South African researchers have apparently found that male circumcision reduces by about 70% the risk that men will contract HIV through intercourse with infected women. Other than abstinence and safer sex, almost nothing has been proved to reduce the sexual spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. World-wide, the major route of HIV transmission for many years has been heterosexual sex. Vaccine developers have said they would consider an AIDS vaccine with just 30% efficacy useful. But so far, no effective vaccine against the disease has been...
  • Lancet Calls For Caution In Touting Potential For Embryonic Stem Cells 

    06/16/2005 7:00:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 382+ views
    Lancet Calls For Caution In Touting Potential For Embryonic Stem Cells      A prestigious British medical journal calls recent headlines that claim research using embryonic stem cells will lead to cures for an almost unending number of diseases to be "sensationalist" and "hype" even though the journal favors embryo-destructive research. In an editorial in the June 4 edition titled "Stem cell research: hope and hype," The Lancet noted the findings of a recent meeting of researchers in London, also supportive of embryonic stem cell research, who found that, "no safe and effective stem cell therapy will be widely available for...
  • Death by numbers

    03/19/2005 3:42:07 PM PST · by Thebaddog · 10 replies · 698+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17nov04 | Andrew Bolt
    A recent claim that 100,000 Iraqis have died since the war in Iraq, mostly at the hands of Americans, is misleading, statistical junk. JUST days before Americans voted for a president, Britain's Lancet medical journal rushed out a survey with the best bad news from Iraq any activist could want. The invasion and "occupation" had killed at least 100,000 Iraqis, the survey's authors claimed. Their toll of the dead in post-Saddam Iraq was stunning – about five times higher than any credible survey or count had found. What's more, the survey claimed most victims had died violently – usually killed...
  • Science Goes Tabloid

    02/24/2005 12:35:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 397+ views
    NRO ^ | February 24, 2005 | Iain Murray
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version February 24, 2005, 8:14 a.m. Science Goes Tabloid In scientific journals, if it bleeds, it leads. By Iain Murray In the United Kingdom, most of the respected broadsheet newspapers have cut costs and increased circulation by adding a tabloid edition. Some argue that this downsizing has led to a dumbing down of the papers' content. But, in both Britain and America, it is not just the news industry that is shifting to a more sensationalistic attitude. Some scientific journals are abandoning scientific neutrality in favor of policy...
  • Civilian Deaths 'Reaching 10,000'

    01/27/2005 9:12:09 AM PST · by mark502inf · 54 replies · 1,357+ views
    London Daily Telegraph | January 27, 2005 | By Anton La Guardia
    The number of Iraqi civilians killed during the occupation of Iraq has reached 10,000, peace activists tracking the casualties say. More civilians have died since the end of Saddam Hussein's regime than during the invasion to topple him, according to Iraq Body Count. Month-by-month figures computed by the group show that by yesterday morning between 9,999 and 10,586 civilians have been killed since May 1, 2003 - when President George W Bush declared the end of "major combat operations". This is higher than the estimated 7,350 civilians killed during the war itself. "Sometimes you need a specific round number to...
  • F.D.A.'s Drug Safety System Will Get Outside Review

    11/06/2004 5:49:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 397+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 6, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 - Amid intense criticism that it is slow to raise the alarm about unsafe medicines, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it would hire the nation's top scientific review body to figure out whether the drug safety system is adequate. In another step, after embarrassing disclosures that the views of its own drug safety officials had been suppressed, the F.D.A. said it would set up an internal appeals process. If someone inside the agency feels that superiors have made a mistake by approving a drug or, after approval, refusing to order its recall, that person...
  • Dr. Dean Edell's October Surprise

    10/31/2004 9:54:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 51 replies · 2,864+ views
    Self, Dr. Dean Edell show | October 31, 2004 | Marktwain
    Dr. Dean Edell, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and medical doctor, created his own "October Surprise" on the 29th of October, 2004. Dr. Edell highlighted the now discredited Lancet article which claimed that 98,000 civilians had been killed in Iraq since the invasion of March, 2003. A caller challenged Dr. Edell on his promotion of these numbers, saying that it was political on Dr. Edell's part. Dr. Edell denied that it was political, because he was only citing a medical journal, that the numbers were simply a "fact" and that most of the victims were women and children. He...
  • The Lancet Study (Need help please)

    10/30/2004 12:50:57 PM PDT · by jsk10 · 10 replies · 336+ views
    John K.
    I'm in an argument with an influential media member. They are referring to "The Lancet Study" that says over 100,000 Iraqis have been killed since the start of the war. I KNOW I have read the de-bunking of this...I just can't remember where. Google is not helping. Do any of you recall seeing the real facts on this? Thanks a ton. Fight the Good Fight - Keep the Faith.
  • Iraq deaths claim 'to be studied'

    10/29/2004 6:45:48 AM PDT · by gridlock · 17 replies · 2,613+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/29/04 | Uncredited
    The UK Government will "examine with very great care" claims around 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the US-led invasion, Jack Straw has said. A study in the Lancet said the majority of the victims were women and children killed due to military activity. The UK foreign secretary told the BBC's Today programme that another independent estimate of civilian deaths was around 15,000. The study by US and Iraq researchers was led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, US.
  • Experimental SARS Vaccines Work on Animals, Studies Say

    06/27/2004 4:01:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 301+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 26, 2004 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    American and European scientists independently reported Thursday that they had protected animals from the SARS virus by two different types of experimental immunizations, raising hopes that they could ultimately be used among humans. One dose of an experimental vaccine sprayed into the nose fully protected a small number of monkeys against SARS, scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Md., said in a report to be published in The Lancet on Saturday. In the same issue, European scientists reported using a different strategy that involved injections of a human monoclonal antibody, a type of genetically...
  • A Top Scientist's Research Is Under Attack

    05/05/2004 9:32:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 680+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 6, 2004 | JANE E. BRODY
    A prominent Canadian researcher is facing claims that data in his widely reported study of a nutritional supplement's effects on thinking and memory in the elderly are so flawed as to have no real value. The scientist, Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra, is internationally known for his many contributions to the field of nutrition, and his work has been widely cited in professional and lay publications alike, including The New York Times. Scientific journals and three independent American scientists have raised questions about the validity of Dr. Chandra's findings, saying the study, published in September 2001 in the journal Nutrition, has...
  • New Cancer Test Stirs Hope and Concern

    02/02/2004 7:14:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 513+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Jill Doimer's mother died in 2002 from ovarian cancer, detected too late to be effectively treated. So Ms. Doimer is eagerly awaiting the introduction of a new test that holds the promise of detecting early-stage ovarian cancer far more accurately than any test available now, using only blood from a finger prick. Not only does she plan to be tested, but an advocacy group she helped found, Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky, also intends to spread the word to women and doctors. "If it's going to happen to me or anyone I know, I want it to be caught at an...
  • Study Devalues a Popular Idea on Evaluating Medical Trials

    01/22/2004 9:22:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 214+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 23, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    A new report by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has found little evidence to support a widely held belief about clinical trials of experimental cancer treatments: that patients who enroll in them fare better than those who do not. "There may be a difference in outcomes, but to our view it hasn't been shown," said Dr. Steven Joffe, a pediatric cancer specialist at Dana-Farber and an author of the paper, which is being published today in the British journal Lancet. Many cancer specialists have long assumed that being in a clinical trial leads to a better outcome....