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ben goldacre
Doctor, nerd cheerleader, Bad Science person, stats geek, procrastinator. Currently an academic at CEBM in Oxford ben@badscience.net
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ben goldacre 7h
I've no idea if the EPA safe range is safe or not but this piece doesn't argue against it and 1,000 parts per billion is... the same as 1 part per million... so that's... inside the EPA safe range by... a factor of 300.
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ben goldacre Aug 15
New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers. The motives given for the buyers are extraordinary. Having created massive income/asset inequality to drive social unrest, the .01% are planning to hide from the consequences? What a world we've created.
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ben goldacre Aug 15
This BBC piece is stunning. Huge enduring systems failures at a hospital and one young black doctor gets the blame. Also I think I missed the GMC detail: the medical regulator upped her sentence because of a social media campaign? No way to foster safety.
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ben goldacre Aug 13
If you want to cook something as good as this you'll need to leave an open pack of jelly babies in the car during a heatwave for eight weeks. You'll also need a knife for serving.
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The BMJ Aug 11
The latest : "This unreported trial could have an impact on clinical practice and post-operative pain relief for patients who require an abdominal hernia repair"
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Robin Ince Aug 13
to all the lovely people who can't come to this week's benefit show in memory of Barry Crimmins and starring et al, but wanted to donate, here is the link for you and thank you
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ben goldacre Aug 13
This tweet is Clarksonism at its most intense
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ben goldacre Aug 11
Do the Tarquins at the BBC give the far right a platform because they think - hideously - it helps the BBC appeal to the working class? "If the BBC really wanted to listen to and understand working-class people.. it would do better to employ more of them"
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simon wren-lewis Aug 2
This is so important. See this study that suggests UKIP support followed media coverage rather than vice versa We saw the same with Trump. The media has to stop pretending they have no influence.
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Dmitry Grozoubinski Aug 4
1/ Hi. I've negotiated in the WTO, unlike the author of this article who appears to have read the title of some WTO agreements and inferred a system which does not exist. This article is incorrect on every count. I am so sick of writing these threads I could vomit.
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ben goldacre Aug 11
Add to all this that to keep us fed in the event of chaotic Brexit we'll have to throw open our borders in a panic and ingest food without proper frameworks for checking on infection, quality, contamination, and so on. Sunny uplands!
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ben goldacre Aug 11
The Rage by is great on how Islamist drongoes are in a murderous folie a deux with far-right drongoes. Also lots of fab details on the background and strategies of both.
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ben goldacre Aug 11
Replying to @bengoldacre
Before the bores arrive (typing in haste, can I beat them out of the blocks?) This is not to say some claims require no evidence. By "whose responsibility" I mean: where there is substantial bias and exclusion is it solely the job of all victims to identify and disseminate that?
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ben goldacre Aug 11
This is interesting. I'm the ask-for-evidence knob. But, on an issue of bias and exclusion, where that is pretty much established, then asking for activist-level evidence from every individual victim is itself shutting down important discussions. And: whose responsibility?
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ben goldacre Aug 10
A justified passion for innovation mustn't become squandering NHS cash on baubles. Medicine is unusual: new laptops are better than old ones; but new treatments are commonly not. It's all about evidence, and having agile structures to rapidly assess and implement that evidence.
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ben goldacre Aug 10
That thread of the senior NHS bloke who wants to use blockchain for staff identities has blown my mind. Hope he's keeping track of how much NHS money and staff time he spends on "exploring" the idea.
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ben goldacre Aug 10
We don't need foreign authors, we've got plenty of British ones... The foreign workers we import do work we cannot do with UK workers alone. They have skills or experience that we lack. For example in this news story they've made us a lovely allegory.
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The BMJ Aug 9
The latest : "This unreported trial could have an impact on clinical practice and post-operative pain relief for patients who require an abdominal hernia repair"
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Georgia Richards Aug 9
Here is our ( ) Unreported Clinical Trial of the Week. An important trial of a non-opioid alternative (Liposomal Bupivacaine) for post-operative pain. We hope the investigators will share the results soon.
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ben goldacre Aug 8
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