A year ago, Peter Selley, featured below got interested in the trials for an RSV vaccine. I paid no heed but Peter had smelt a story. Soon after I smelt a related story about efforts to enrol pregnant women in clinical trials. Sixty years after we introduced Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) into the regulations governing the licensing of drugs, aimed at forestalling … [Read more...] about Women, Pregnancy, and Clinical Trials
Voici une conférence donnée à l’invitation de Consilium Scientific le 18 mai 2023, organisée par Leeza Osipenko. Consilium joue un rôle essentiel dans la remise en question de la qualité des preuves dont nous disposons en médecine, en particulier pour ce qui concerne les essais cliniques randomisés contrôlés (ECR). Ces derniers mois, ils ont été à l’origine d’excellentes … [Read more...] about Si Dieu ne joue pas aux dés, Quid des médecins
This is a talk that was given for Consilium Scientific today May 18 at the invitation of Leeza Osipenko. Consilium are doing more than anyone to raise questions about the quality of the evidence we have in medicine - in particular around controlled trials. They have had some fabulous contributions in recent months - all of which can be acess on their website. This Lecture by … [Read more...] about God Does Not Play Dice. Should Doctors?
I am due to give a lecture on Thursday. This LINK and the Link below will let people sign in for this. If God Doesn't Play Dice, Should Doctors? This talk presents a new history and analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) making the … [Read more...] about Does God Play Dice?
As of today, the BMJ have come on board with the contents of this post. There is an article by Hristio Boytchev - see Maternal RSV Vaccines And an editorial by Elizabeth Robinson and Rosalind Smith - Preventing RSV. Britain's Daily Mail, possible the best newspaper for coverage of health issues, is also now covering RSV Vaccines. It will be a long time before the … [Read more...] about A Shot in the Dark for Pregnant People
RCPsych President responds to newspaper coverage on antidepressants 24 April 2023 Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has written to national newspapers responding to recent articles erroneously linking antidepressants to suicide. Here is the full text of the letter. “I was disappointed to read your article, which has potential to … [Read more...] about Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Suicide Note
The Daily Telegraph in the UK as well as The Daily Mail carried articles this week on a paper in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry by John Read and colleagues that was based on the work of AntidepAware. For over a decade, AntidepAware has been cataloguing inquests in Britain where it appears likely the person was taking an antidepressant. The site gave John … [Read more...] about Will Medical Insurers Stop Killing People
Artificial Intelligence, which the Internet of course facilitates, has been one of the main news items lately. We are beginning to panic about the future. A RxISK post We Will Get Fooled Again picks up some of the mounting concern. The last sentence in the text above introducing Imagining the Internet Centre perhaps unintentionally catches the worries - A better tomorrow … [Read more...] about Twenty Six Words and the Internet
Mystery in the Moonlight © Nina Otulakowski March 2023 As she was about to leave the house, Jen’s mother asked her if she was on her way to get vaccinated. Mother, she said, that’s like asking me to take the cow to the market. It’s a bit twentieth century, maybe even nineteenth. You get vaccinia virus from cows. I’m heading off to meet Bri and Suzanna for the latest gene … [Read more...] about Jen and the Genestalk
Five years ago, in a riff on the theme of rape, Dos Centavos tackled drug induced harms and the inability of doctors to see, hear or believe the people they put on a poison who end up poisoned. Dos Centavos was not the only post on this unfolding disaster. Many other posts, like A Call to H*Arms, cover this central element of modern politics, science, and … [Read more...] about Dos Centavos – Veinte Euros