Archive for 'Media' Category

ISOP 2011

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011

This week I have been at the International Society of Pharmacovigilance‘s 2011 meeting in Istanbul. My colleagues and I have been presenting data on missed doses (adults and children), causality and prevention of adverse drug reactions, the use of rivaroxoban for total knee replacement, and patient internet accounts of serious Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic […]

Daily Mail on exenatide

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Here is the key part of the NICE appraisal document on prolonged release exenatide: Exenatide prolonged-release suspension for injection in triple therapy regimens (in combination with metformin and a sulphonylurea, or metformin and a thiazolidinedione) is recommended as a treatment option for people with type 2 diabetes, when control of blood glucose remains or becomes […]

How those quirky stories spread

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010

The media are forever publishing stories that are mildly entertaining on one level, but when examined more closely are barely based on any facts at all. A year ago, Martin Robbins published a blogpost tracking a news story which correlated IQ with breast size and which had recently appeared in an Indian newspaper: One of […]

Paracetamol: Recall bias and media bias

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, October 1, 2010

Just a short note. A couple of years ago there was a great deal of fuss about paracetamol and a possible link with asthma in children [Lancet]. The study reported on was a large retrospective study (205 487 children) involving surveying parents about their children’s previous paracetamol use and symptoms of asthma. There is an […]

Oliver James’ selective attention deficit

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Oliver James is often called on to pontificate on psychological or mental health issues by the media. I’ve previously mentioned him on this blog, when he suggested up to 80% of the population were mentally ill, and that abuse during childhood, and living in a “sick” society, led people to vote for individuals like Barrack […]

Who should write medical news stories?

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

An interesting paper in PLOS Medicine on media reporting of medical news. Wilson et al examined medical news stories written by specialist and non-specialist journalists in Australia from 2004–08. They found specialist health reporters produced higher quality articles than general reporters, and broad sheets performed better than tabloids. They suggest: It does matter who writes […]

Wakefield: One less crocodile in the swamp

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I’ve been blogging on the MMR vaccine controversy here since 2003, writing letters to my professional journal about the safety of the vaccine since 2002, and prior to that arguing with kooks on the internet in internet newsgroups about vaccines. While over that time the claims supporting any link between MMR vaccine and autism were […]

Fiona Phillips has gone (pea)nuts

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, February 6, 2010

Despite the overwhelming amount of science failing to find a link between MMR vaccine and autism, as well as the dishonest and unethical behaviour of Wakefield, there are a number of journalists still prepared to push the hoax. One of these is Fiona Phillips. You can watch her talking about MMR on Question Time, and […]

Fail at the Mail

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010

In an editorial full of fail in the Mail about the Wakefield judgment, two point stands out for me. The first is an amazing lack of knowledge about the public money spent on the Wakefield hoax: And the parents? They were denied the legal aid (available to every Tom, Dick and terrorist [they really are […]