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Archive for June, 2010

MS patients highlight dangerous research trend

Icon Written by Alex on June 30, 2010 – 2:50 pm

… this trend where patients increasingly drive the focus of research and the availability of unproven treatments is absurd, insane, and potentially life-threatening … No matter how heart wrenching these personal stories, anecdote and desperation should neer be a significant factor in conducting effective clinical trials. It makes for bad research and produces bad medicine.

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New recruitment system using patients medical records invites abuse

Icon Written by Alex on June 20, 2010 – 10:50 am

This would allow a doctor to “ask the patient if he or she was interested in participating” in the trial. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to anyone that if your doctor “asks” you to take part in a trial it’s tantamount, for many patients, to the doctor suggesting or recommending that you take part or that you at least seriously consider it.

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