Medicine Is Still an Art

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Evolutionary Psychiatry: Medicine Is Still an Art.

Great article, worth reading in full. One paragraph struck me

First off, of more than 2300 studies identified by the doctors doing the meta-analysis, only 18 met all the inclusion criteria (meaning they were of high quality enough to be included).  8 were primary prevention trials, and 17 were funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and only 2 included sex-specific data on side effects (or “adverse events).  One of the included trials was JUPITER, which remains controversial as it was halted early and had a short follow-up.

2300 studies, only 18 are any good? WTF! And of the 18, 17 were funded by the pharma industry (the goal here is to extend the _benefit_ of statins to women, or doubling the market) – a bit of conflict of interest?

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