study published recently in The BMJ addressed a question with surefire media appeal: Does the political affiliation of doctors affect the quality of care that they provide to patients at the end of their lives? The story was snapped up by news organizations ranging from US News and World Report to the UK Daily Mail. The study was also the subject of a USA Today op-ed by BMJ co-authors Druv Khullar, MD of Cornell University and Anupam Jena, MD, PhD of Harvard Medical School. Their conclusion was a reassuring one: “Whatever a doctor’s political views, end-of-life care is the same.” But some experts remain uneasy about the editorial process that produced the BMJ paper. Why? Two out of the four peer reviewers who evaluated the study are close collaborators and (in the case of one reviewer) current business associates of the study authors. Those reviewers, as well as the study authors, all have ties to the health care consulting firm Precision Health Economics. Such cozy … [Read more...] about Uncovering new peer review problems – this time at The BMJ
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More disease advocacy organizations are enlisting business consulting groups to conduct research to further their causes and, not coincidentally, those of their pharmaceutical company sponsors. This week the strategy paid off for the Alzheimer’s Association: An article in Bloomberg News headlined “Spotting Alzheimer’s Early Could Save America $7.9 Trillion” came from the annual Facts and Figures report published by the association — and was based specifically on the addition of a study by consulting firm Precision Health Economics. The study concludes that these trillions would be saved due to a variety of factors, including earlier initiation of drug treatment that can supposedly keep patients functional for a longer period of time and avoid medical costs related to disability. But are these projections of massive savings based on sound economic analysis? The study is presented as if might have been published in a scholarly journal. I looked to see if … [Read more...] about ‘$7.9 trillion’ savings from earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis: Is there a hidden agenda behind the numbers?
Thursday, March 15, 2018 by: Mike Adams Tags: badfood, badhealth, badscience, food science, GMO, GMOs, ingredients, processed food, soylent (Natural News) As a general rule, anything promoted by the status quo is probably toxic to your mental or physical health. At the same time, natural health solutions that really work — herbal medicine, Chinese Medicine, superfoods, etc. — are systematically attacked and smeared. That helps explain why the status quo is promoting Soylent, a pro-GMO meal replacement beverage that pretends to be extraordinarily healthful and nutritious. It’s actually deliberately made with GMOs and pesticide-treated ingredients along with questionable “vitamins” (see full story, below). Its top three ingredients are GMO corn-derived maltodextrin, GMO soy protein and water. Despite these facts, many of the very same young people who despise Monsanto and demand organic food are, for some reason, blindly embracing this pro-GMO … [Read more...] about GreenMedInfo blows the lid on SOYLENT, a cocktail of GMOs, chemical “vitamins” and questionable ingredients
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by: Lance D Johnson Tags: badclimate, badmedicine, badscience, Censorship, confirmation bias, ego, groupthink, innovation, junk science, peer review, pride, real science, scientific discovery, settled science, skeptics (Natural News) The current culture of science and its peer review process does not openly embrace new discoveries, innovation, or dissent. Why would conventional scientists, invested in traditional ideas, embrace an outsider’s discovery, which would disrupt the current culture and economics of food, medicine, agriculture? Why would conventional scientists, who have invested years in their work, reward an outsider’s innovations that would render old ways obsolete or even prove current scientific consensus to be treacherous? New scientific discoveries are essentially a threat to industries and investments. Innovative scientific discoveries are a threat to favored dogmas and economic models in food science, … [Read more...] about Peer review SCIENCE FAIL: Scientific discoveries suppressed due to pride of “experts” and the defense of economic status quo
Monday, February 19, 2018 by: Mike Adams Tags: badcancer, badclimate, badmedicine, badscience, junkscience, medical journals, medical science, peer review, rational, science, science clowns, science journals, scientific fraud, scientific papers, skeptics (Natural News) Much of what gets published in so-called “science journals” or “medical journals” is actually complete “bulls##t,” warn many observers. Brendan D. Murphy has authored a spectacular piece published by Waking Times, offering astonishing details in support of that notion. His full article is reprinted here. Find the original at this link. See more work by Brendan Murphy at BrendanMurphy.net. WHY SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW IS A SHAM In recent years the defects in the peer review system have been the subject of a profusion of critical editorials and studies in the literature. It is high time that the world took heed of what the critics are saying, not least of all because of the medical … [Read more...] about Science is BROKEN, and the peer-review process produces “utter bulls##t” parading around as real science