Chiropractic Health Update:

A new study brings disturbing facts to light on the quality of medication studies cited in top medical journals. According to an independent review of six prestigious journals, reviewers from UCLA and Harvard found that many of the studies were commercially sponsored by the manufacturers, and that these sponsors “may promote the use of outcomes that are most likely to indicate favorable results for their products.” They also said the way in which the outcome data was presented could often be misleading:


“It’s one thing to say a medication lowers your risk of heart attacks from two-in-a-million to one-in-a-million, and something completely different to say a medication lowers your risk of heart attacks by 50 percent. Both ways of presenting the data are technically correct, but the second way, using relative numbers, could be misleading.”

Sources:

Eurekalert August 25, 2011

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