Serious studies on the many risks of statins

I have decided to post a quick data rebuttal, after the publishing of a few misguided headlines (i.e ” Statins have virtually no side-effects, study finds”, and “Give statins to all over-40s, says heart surgery pioneer”, from the London Telegraph ).  This coincides with the wildly unsubstantiated recommendations being presented in prescribing statins . I felt I was…

WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies” – The BMJ and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism report that was covered up

Conflicts of Interest – A joint investigation by the BMJ and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that raises troubling questions about how WHO managed conflicts of interest among the scientists who advised its pandemic planning – The secrecy of the committee is also fuelling conspiracy theories, particularly around the activation of dormant…

Is laughter really the best medicine?

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmj.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Food for thought: Laughter and MIRTH (methodical investigation of risibility, therapeutic and harmful): Narrative synthesis Laughter may not be the best medicine after all and can even be harmful to some patients, suggests the authors of a paper published in the Christmas edition of The BMJ. Researchers…

Should your surname carry a health warning?

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmj.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Research: The Brady Bunch? New evidence for nominative determinism in patients’ health: Retrospective, population based cohort study Patients named Brady could be at an increased risk of requiring a pacemaker compared with the general population, say researchers in a paper published in the Christmas edition of The…

Results from many large clinical trials are never published

Contact: Tom Hughes tahughes@unch.unc.edu 919-966-6047 University of North Carolina Health Care Non-publication is more common among industry-funded trials, study finds CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A new analysis of 585 large, randomized clinical trials registered with ClinicalTrials.gov finds that 29 percent have not been published in scientific journals. In addition, nearly 78 percent of the unpublished…

168th Health Research Report 16 NOV 2013

168 Health Research Report WHITE PAPER /ROUGH COPY 168th Issue Date 16 NOV 2013 Compiled By Ralph Turchiano http://www.vit.bz www.youtube.com/vhfilm http://www.engineeringevil.com http://www.healthresearchreport.me   In this Issue: 1.      The most commonly prescribed treatment for Colds and Sore Throats offers no benefit and may actually make the illness worse 2.      Japanese super food prevents flu infection 3.      Study…

Wider use of statins ‘disturbing’

Wider use of statins will have minimal benefit and could needlessly expose   thousands to severe side effects, doctors warn following change in US   prescription guidelines New US guidelines on statins, issued on Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, recommend that doctors should consider prescribing the drugs to all people…

The most commonly prescribed treatment for Colds and Sore Throats offers no benefit and may actually make the illness worse

Contact: Becky Attwood r.attwood@soton.ac.uk 44-075-454-22512 University of Southampton Ibuprofen no good in treating colds or sore throats Questions have been raised about the advice given to patients with a cold and sore throat, in research published in the British Medical Journal. A study carried out by the University of Southampton showed that compared with paracetamol,…

Unpublished trial data ‘violates an ethical obligation’ to study participants, say researchers / 1 in 3 large clinicals not Published

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmj.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal   Study finds almost 1 in 3 large clinical trials still not published 5 years after completion Almost one in three (29%) large clinical trials remain unpublished five years after completion. And of these, 78% have no results publicly available, finds a study published on bmj.com today.…

1 in 2000 Britons may carry ‘mad cow’ prion protein

  19:39 16 October 2013 by Debora MacKenzie “We were all supposed to die of mad cow disease!” People who accuse public health agencies of crying wolf are fond of citing the discovery, in 1996, that a cattle disease widespread in the UK causes the deadly disease vCJD in people. Despite widespread dismay at the…

Current study shows: Important information on effects and side effects of drugs is missing in most publications

IQWiG: Reliable assessment of drugs is only possible on the basis of clinical study reports (CSRs) In 2012 researchers from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) presented a study in the BMJ analysing information sources used in 16 health technology assessment (HTA) reports of drugs (“benefit assessments”). This study clearly…