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Review of Chasing Medical Miracles by Anthropologist Joan C. Stevenson

Icon Written by Alex on August 11, 2011 – 10:03 am

Anytime you get a review in which the reviewer says, “I could not put this book down,” it’s a good day. When that praise comes from an anthropologist and is followed with, “This book is a must read for those contemplating volunteering for a clinical trial (advice in the Afterward), and it also provides discussion […]

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Overseas Clinical Trials: Fault Lines – Al Jazeera English

Icon Written by Alex on July 23, 2011 – 3:01 pm

… I spoke to one of the Al Jazeera producers for this segment when the story was being developed. They were originally intending to go to Africa, and maybe even Uganda, where I conducted research, but instead went to India. The stories told about trials in India in the segment are similar to stories I wrote about and researched while in Africa…

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Cure Talk Review of Medical Miracles

Icon Written by Alex on March 3, 2011 – 12:29 pm

Stumbled across a new and ongoing review of Chasing Medical Miracles today. The review is on a site called Cure Talk.

The site is owned by a company called TrialX, which, apparently, is less scary than it sounds. The statement of their purpose on their site says:” TrialX is developed by Applied Informatics Inc., a New York based company with extensive experience in the areas of Health Information Technology, Computer Science, Medicine and Clinical Research. Besides the qualifications, our team has balanced bold thinking and new ideas with real-world challenges in the healthcare industry.”

Their site is worth a look, as are their tweets.

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Guatemala: Sad, Disturbing, Immoral, But Not Shocking

Icon Written by Alex on October 2, 2010 – 9:42 am

… because medical experimentation is so rife with drama and impact on the human psyche that the small percentage that is reprehensible and retrograde resonates powerfully. It’s as it should be. The clinical trials community should take a moment and consider a comprehensive way to comunicate the good they do; or at leas, in this instance, respond with proper outrage indignation that this chapter is sullying the fine work being conducted now.

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Redefining clinical trials out of existence

Icon Written by Alex on September 24, 2010 – 10:56 am

“Experts” are actually arguing that patients should have increased access to drugs not yet tested and that this should be done on compassionate grounds. This article, by the way, came out a few days before the FDA decided to restrict Avandia, a drug that HAD ALREADY BEEN APPROVED because it increased the likelihood of heart attack

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Avandia Debated LIVE

Icon Written by Alex on July 14, 2010 – 8:54 am

The NYT is live blogging the debate on whether to pull the diabetes drug Avandia from the shelves. A federal advisory panel is hearing testimoney about how safe it is, how safe it isn’t, what the problems may be… when did science becaome so much about opinion? When did clinical trials have so much wiggle room? Makes one wonder. But, enough, now to the blogging …

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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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Kids and Oncology Trials

Icon Written by Alex on May 14, 2010 – 12:13 pm

Kids often don’t understand enough about clinical trials and that can impact how many kids take part in trials.

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Paperback of Chasing Medical Miracles due May 25; first novel out in August

Icon Written by Alex on May 9, 2010 – 5:11 pm

The paperback of Chasing Medical Miracles is due out on May 25. There is a newly written foreword about swine flu and the clinical trials process for that. I will excerpt that foreword on this site this week and in the days leading up to the release of the paperback.

Also in August my first novel, Bad Day for the Home Team, will be released by Zumaya Books. The book is about how a very average man in Sierra Vista, Arizona walks into a pizza place, shoots and kills 30 people, then kills himself. He comes back as a ghost and tries to figure out why he did what he did while a cop, his brother, and a reporter try to also unravel the mystery of “Why he done it?”

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