Questionable Medical Research

The Atlantic
recently featured an article profiling Dr. John Ioannidis who has made a career out of falsifying many of the findings of medical research that guides clinical practice (via Duck of Minerva). Apparentlly, "…as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed."

Mental note: cancel gym membership, buy a pack of smokes, eat a box of Ring Dings …


2 thoughts on “Questionable Medical Research

  1. I give you permission to eat the Ring Dings. Smoking, though, really really is bad for you.
    The article and the Ioannidis’ “debunking” really is stats 101, and not new. But let’s not commit the error of being too skeptical, in order to avoid being too gullible:
    To quote the snopes folks:
    “People get an e-mail or a photograph and they spot one little thing that doesn’t look right, and they declare the whole thing fake,” he said. “That’s just as bad as being gullible in a lot of senses.”
    So, do *not* go buy that pack of smokes (yes, my mother did tell me to say that. I’d say your mother, but I don’t know her).

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