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We Need to See Pharma's Failures as Much as Its Successes

It's Not Working

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below. Drug studies with negative results are ...

When the Publication Plan Is Ready, the Research Will Appear

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Martha Rosenberg

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below. Where did the medical community get the ...

How Being Human Messes Up Medical Research

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Sometimes, as I'm talking to patients and their families, I realize that I have no idea what I'm talking about. Really.

Medicine's 'Hard Drive' Is Crashing

Ida Sim, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Ida Sim, M.D., Ph.D.

When 75 percent of our medical costs are for chronic diseases that are largely due to poor lifestyle habits, where are the studies on prevention? On behavior? On effective patient-doctor or public health strategies?

Be Skeptical Of Pharmaceutical Company Claims

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 04.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Peter Breggin

At present, most drug company records are treated as proprietary secrets. As a public health measure, drug companies should be required to make public all of their internal documentation concerning any drugs that begin the FDA approval process.

The Push To Publish

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhile I am the first to admit to having pursued past research in this mindset (perhaps too publicly), I know that I am not the last -- so much so that many readers within my field won't bat an eye when agreeing to have done this at some point in their medical careers.

Science, Rhetoric And The Creation of Preferred Realities

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost writers, including myself, present a preferred reality to their readers. It is only natural for a writer to selectively choose or cherry pick outcomes in order to portray a certain image.

Is The Placebo Effect Dangerous?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Wray Herbert

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt's the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of placebo effects and control groups -- a misunderstanding that, scientists are now arguing, invalidates any claims of effectiveness for almost all psychological interventions.

Can We Fix The Problem Of Publication Bias?

Anthony G. Greenwald | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Anthony G. Greenwald

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat Ben Goldacre does not take into account is the many ways in which, like most other humans, even the most rational scientists operate outside the constraints of their rational analysis.

Getting Past The Idea of Failure

Toni Miller | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Toni Miller

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs the body of published literature fails to paint the entire picture, eventually the gap between reality and what we think is reality widens. The negative results are still pertinent for several reasons.

WATCH: What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe

Ben Goldacre | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Goldacre

2013-04-05-goldacrepullDoctors need the results of clinical trials to make informed choices, with their patients, about which treatment to use. But the best currently available evidence estimates that half of all clinical trials, for the treatments we use today, have never been published.