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Archive for February, 2010

New York Times Piece About Cancer Clinical Trial Misleading

Icon Written by Alex on February 23, 2010 – 11:55 am

The article will probably have hundreds if not thousands of cancer patients running to their computers and phones to try and get into a trial – any trial – because this article has led them to believe trials can provide a cure. Promoting that kind of false hope is not only bad journalism, it’s just plain mean to patients seeking a cure for cancer.

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eHealth Reviews Clinical Trials Book

Icon Written by Alex on February 22, 2010 – 12:44 pm

Short but sweet review of Chasing Medical Miracles on eHealth.com by John W. Sharp that concludes, “I would recommend this book for anyone involved in clinical research, whether in Pharma, medicine or as a patient.”

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Dr. Mehmet Oz interview about clinical trials for Oprah.com radio

Icon Written by Alex on February 18, 2010 – 6:20 am

An interview I did in Washington DC with Dr. Mehmet Oz about clinical trials and about Chasing Medical Miracles is up on Oprah radio. You can visit it here to listen to the first 10 minutes of the interview. The remainder of the show can be accessed if you subscribe to Sirius or X-FM satellite radio networks.

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Book about Clinical Trials Named BookList Editor’s Choice for 2009

Icon Written by Alex on February 8, 2010 – 9:12 pm

The editors at Booklist have named Chasing Medical Miracles one of the best adult books of the year for 2009. In their criteria the editors write: “The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.” (More here.)

Medical Miracles was named in the category of Social Sciences. The citation reads: “Clinical trial participant O’Meara chronicles his experience and sweeps through the $24-million-per-annum clinical-trials industry, which generally escapes media scrutiny. Includes an invaluable checklist for prospective trial participants.

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Dr. Wakefield, The Lancet, Vaccines, Autism, and a Useless Retraction

Icon Written by Alex on February 3, 2010 – 11:02 am

[SafeMinds director Jim] Moody is obviously an idiot. The same holds true for any parent who selectively chooses research – especially what is now discredited research – in order to bolster an opinion to justify providing substandard medical care to their own children. These clinical trials results are being selectively ignored or embraced at convenience because for parents to continue to hold the opinion that vaccinations cause autism when the research stating that has been disproven is not only stupid but dangerous.

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