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TEDWeekends explores the truth about medical studiesTEDWeekends explores the truth about medical studies

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

At TEDMED 2012, Ben Goldacre shared a startling reality: that doctors are not able to read all the studies conducted on a pharmaceutical before prescribing it to their patients. This is because of a bias in medical research toward positive results – while one study confirming a drug’s effectiveness may be published, the results of […]

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Two small steps forward in the fight for open medical dataTwo small steps forward in the fight for open medical data

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

In his recent TEDTalk, “What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe,” Ben Goldacre sounded a warning about the vast numbers of pharmaceutical studies that go unpublished. “Positive findings are about twice as likely to be published as negative findings,” said Goldacre, noting that this is a big problem because it means doctors are […]

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5 prescription drugs doctors had no idea could hurt their patients5 prescription drugs doctors had no idea could hurt their patients

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

As a doctor, Ben Goldacre likes to have all the available facts about a prescription drug before he even thinks about prescribing it. However, when it comes to medicines, it’s nearly impossible to find all the existing data. As Goldacre described in this impassioned talk given at TEDMed 2012, there is a bias in medicine […]