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July 14, 2005

16% of studies contradicted by studies

From the Star Tribune in Minneapolis-St. Paul comes something that reads as though it came from The Onion:

New study: 16% of studies contradicted by studies
July 13, 2005

• Latest: Here's some medical news you can trust: A study confirms that what researchers once said was good for you often turns out to be bad -- or at least not as great as initially thought.

The report is a review of major studies published in three influential medical journals between 1990 and 2003, including 45 highly publicized studies that initially claimed a drug or other treatment worked.

• Contradicted: Subsequent research contradicted results of seven studies -- 16 percent -- and reported weaker results for seven others, an additional 16 percent. That means nearly one-third of the original results did not hold up, according to the study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.

Posted by joke du jour at July 14, 2005 08:10 PM

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