Tag: BMJ

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Investigation into safety of new diabetes drugs — will manufacturers release their data?

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmj.com 44-207-383-6529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Joint BMJ/Channel 4 Dispatches investigation The BMJ and Channel 4 Dispatches investigated and found that evidence suggesting potential harm from the drugs in industry studies has not been published. Some independent studies challenge the conclusions of the drugs manufacturers’ own […]

Young people who undergo CT scans are 24 percent more likely to develop cancer compared with those who do not, a study published today on bmj.com suggests

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmj.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Small cancer risk following CT scans in childhood and adolescence confirmed But the absolute excess for all cancers combined is low The researchers say that in a group of 10,000 young people, they would expect 39 cancers to occur during […]

Expert questions US public health agency advice on influenza vaccines: “All influenza is “flu,” but only one in six “flus” might be influenza”

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmj.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Marketing influenza vaccines involves marketing influenza as a threat of great proportions, argues Johns Hopkins fellow Promotion of influenza vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies today, writes Doshi. Today around 135 million doses of […]

Are antidepressants overused? : 75% of those who write these definitions have links to drug companies.

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Head to head: Are antidepressants overprescribed? Antidepressant prescriptions in the UK have increased by 9.6% in 2011, to 46 million prescriptions. Does this reflect overmedicalisation or appropriate treatment? Two experts debate the issue on bmj.com today. Glasgow GP, Dr Des […]

Experts discover why Rudolph’s nose is red

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Researchers solve the age-old mystery of why Rudolph has a bright red nose Rudolph’s nose is red because it is richly supplied with red blood cells which help to protect it from freezing and to regulate brain temperature. This superior […]

Experts warn of misbehaving tooth fairy

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Teeth discovered in children’s ears and wind pipe The tooth fairy and malpractice Opinions of the tooth fairy as kind and giving may need to be revised following “mounting reports of less child-friendly activity”, says a paper published in the […]

WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies” – FULL report from the BMJ and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism 2010

2010 report posted for filing Conflicts of Interest WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies” Deborah Cohen, features editor, BMJ, Philip Carter, journalist, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, London dcohen@bmj.com Key scientists advising the World Health Organization on planning for an influenza pandemic had done paid work for pharmaceutical […]

Trial results ‘do not support the use of general health checks’ warn experts

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Checks have not reduced number of deaths from cardiovascular disease or cancer Research: General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis Editorial: The value of conducting periodic health checks Researchers have […]

Chemical exposure before mid-30s may be critical in breast cancer development

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Postmenopausal breast cancer and occupational exposures Occupational exposure to certain chemicals and pollutants before a woman reaches her mid-30s could treble her risk of developing cancer after the menopause, suggests research published in Occupational and […]

BMJ editor urges Roche to fulfil promise to release Tamiflu trial data: Or anything that shows the drug does more good than harm.

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal BMJ editor urges Roche to fulfil promise to release Tamiflu trial data Journal launches open data campaign to compel greater accountability in healthcare In an open letter to company director, Professor Sir John Bell, she says: “Billions of pounds of […]

Breast cancer screening saves lives, says study??? that screening only narrowly decreased risks that a 50-year-old woman would die from breast cancer within 10 years — from 0.53 percent to 0.46 percent.

Engineering Evil Note: There seems to be conflicting studies being utilized to favor screening. I found this report stating that they used no current data for the meta analysis. The data they claimed to have used here was over 20 years old. I am withholding my humble opinion to see […]

BMJ and Daily Telegraph’s fake hip exposes failing European device regulation: EU Places Personal Profit over Safety

Contact: Stephanie Burns sburns@bmjgroup.com 44-020-738-36920 BMJ-British Medical Journal Responsible bodies more interested in attracting business than patient safety A joint investigation by the BMJ and Daily Telegraph has exposed the major flaws in the current EU system used for regulating medical devices, such as hip replacements and breast […]

137th Health Research Report 07 SEP 2008

 Full Report at www.healthresearchreport.me Editors Top Five:   1. Study Finds How BPA Affects Gene Expression, Anxiety; Soy Mitigates Effects 2. Vitamin B3 may offer new tool in fight against ‘superbugs’ 3. Johns Hopkins team finds ICU misdiagnoses may account for as many annual deaths as breast cancer 4. […]

Osteoporosis Drugs, Reduce Fracture Risk by ONLY 0.9% according to studies

Contact: Emma Dickinson edickinson@bmj.com 44-020-738-36529 BMJ-British Medical Journal Value of drugs for pre-osteoporosis exaggerated Drugs for pre-osteoporosis: Prevention or disease-mongering? Public release date: 17-Jan-2008 A series of recent scientific publications have exaggerated the benefits and underplayed the harms of drugs to treat pre-osteoporosis or “osteopenia” potentially encouraging treatment […]

Drugs companies ‘are putting profits ahead of medical discoveries’, claims hard-hitting report

For every £1 spent on basic research a  whopping £19 is spent on marketing, claim experts Current reward system discourages  innovation, they add  By Claire Bates PUBLISHED:10:13 EST, 8  August 2012| UPDATED:11:08 EST, 8 August 2012 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2185437/Drugs-companies-putting-profits-ahead-medical-discoveries.html#ixzz23E8u5ocy The pharmaceutical industry is in crisis  because companies are […]

US cancer body oversells mammograms: experts

 2 Aug 2012 Medical experts on Friday accused a major US breast cancer foundation known for its high-profile “pink ribbon” campaign of overselling pre-emptive mammography and understating the risks. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation uses misleading statistics in its pro-screening campaigns, two doctors from The […]

Overdiagnosis poses significant threat to human health

International conference: Preventing Overdiagnosis Overdiagnosis poses a significant threat to human health by labeling healthy people as sick and wasting resources on unnecessary care, warns Ray Moynihan, Senior Research Fellow at Bond University in Australia, in a feature published on bmj.com today. The feature comes as an international […]