Archive for 2017

The straight case for mind bending

2 by / on 29 Nov 2017, / in Psychiatric drugs

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a remarkable study, just published in the BMJ which had found that over half of the new cancer drugs released onto the market in a four year period by the EU drugs regulator had no good evidence that they were effective. In other words, there was also no evidence that their benefits outweighed their risk or that they were value for money.

Current Posts – 29 Nov 2017

by / on 29 Nov 2017, / in editorial

Psychedelic drugs have long been […]

Doctors and patients haven’t been told the truth about cancer drugs for years. Here’s why and what to do…

10 by / on 8 Nov 2017, / in cancer

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a remarkable study, just published in the BMJ which had found that over half of the new cancer drugs released onto the market in a four year period by the EU drugs regulator had no good evidence that they were effective. In other words, there was also no evidence that their benefits outweighed their risk or that they were value for money.

Current Posts – 08 Nov 2017

by / on 8 Nov 2017, / in editorial

The public news about cancer […]

Most new cancer drugs won’t let you live longer or improve your quality of life

4 by / on 13 Oct 2017, / in cancer

Cancer drugs can come with nasty side-effects, we know that, but they are worth taking because they have been properly scientifically tested and found to help patients live longer and have a better quality of life. But the latest research shows that the reality is not so comforting. Over half of new drugs are being prescribed to patients with little or no evidence they do any good at all. Here’s how it works.

Current Posts – 13 Oct 2017

by / on 13 Oct 2017, / in editorial

Cancer drugs can come with […]

Genes don’t explain why cancer spreads. Bring the body back into the picture

11 by / on 25 Sep 2017, / in cancer

Why are some cases of cancer cleared from the body after surgery while others lurk, waiting to metastasize and emerge elsewhere months or even years later? There is no good answer at the moment because the conditions that allow these invaders to flourish doesn’t fit with our gene-focused theory of how and why cancer develops in the first place.

Current Posts – 25 Sep 2017

by / on 25 Sep 2017, / in editorial

Top oncologist and author of […]

Medicine’s democratic deficit. Time for middle-aged, white, privileged males to move over

37 by / on 7 Aug 2017, / in evidence based medicine

It’s hardly news that things have not been going well for various professional elites lately. Economists so busy promoting the neo-liberal agenda they failed to notice the on-coming depression; politicians resolutely deaf to constituents’ complaints that generosity to those at the top had destroyed jobs and cut wages at the bottom.

Current Posts – 07 August 2017

by / on 7 Aug 2017, / in editorial

The assumption of their superiority […]

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