“Drug companies have turned into marketing machines,” Dr. Thomas Marciniak said. “They’ve kind of lost sight of the fact that they’re actually doing something which involves your health."
Rats eating Oreo cookies appeared to activate more neurons in their brains' “pleasure center” than exposure to cocaine. But what exactly does that mean, if anything?
As one entomologist put it: “I would rather pick up a handful of maggots than have to get close enough to a spider to kill it.”
“The take-away message of our paper is that a large proportion of the medical practices which are based on little to no evidence are probably incorrect,” concludes Dr. Vinay Prasad.
Research results are often wrong because of something called false positive findings, Dr. Richard Gunderman explains.
The planets were spotted by the Kepler Space Telescope launched by NASA in 2009.
“Rudolph’s nose is red because it is richly supplied with red blood cells ... and is ... physiologically adapted for reindeer to carry out their flying duties for Santa Claus,” say researchers.
“An increasing number of studies suggest that biology can exert a significant influence on political beliefs and behaviours,” writes science reporter Lizzie Buchen.
An Italian court found a group of Italian scientists guilty of manslaughter for failing to give adequate warnings of a massive earthquake.
A major obstacle to trying new approaches, the report stresses, is the mistaken belief that current flu vaccines are highly effective.
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