As the new chief of Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center, Ioannidis is cementing his role as one of medicine’s top mythbusters. “People are being hurt and even dying” because of false medical claims, he says: not quackery, but errors in medical research.How wrong? Most says the grown-up digits guru.
I've heard him say as much as two-thirds in other articles. Now that might be an overstatement according to some, but still he has a ledge to stand on. He often points to the problem of negative results, rather, the fact that they don't get aired in public as in published. Get sweeped right under the proverbial lab rug.
What we know for sure, at least according to Newsweek (until they try to tell us differently next week):
Smoking kills, being morbidly obese or severely underweight makes you more likely to die before your time, processed meat raises the risk of some cancers, and controlling blood pressure reduces the risk of stroke. The upshot for consumers: medical wisdom that has stood the test of time—and large, randomized, controlled trials—is more likely to be right than the latest news flash about a single food or drug.I would add a few more from the wacky world of child research:
Childhood obesity is rising
Sleeping reduces the incidence of SIDS (though it is not the "cause")
Breastfeeding has some slight benefits for mom and child
Vaccines do not cause autism
I wonder if Doctor Data is friends with Gary Taubes, the science writer who basically says we know next to nothing about anything, especially health and nutrition.
Wouldn't this be a fascinating reality show? Medical Mythbusters. Of course it's really going to need a hip host. Any ideas? There's got to be a disgruntled post-doc out there somewhere yearning for a media career? By the way, if this show already exists, please let me know because I need to add it to my Tivo lineup.