The faltering promise of science

‘The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue’. So wrote Richard Horton, the highly regarded editor of one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, The Lancet. Having participated in a symposium on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, he and his fellow participants were… Read More

A culture of pill popping

In 2012, researchers in France reported major concerns about the interplay between the pharmaceutical industry, the state and the medical profession. They estimated that up to 50% of medicines are either ineffective or even dangerous. The Guardian newspaper reported claims that removing these medicines would prevent 20,000 deaths a year, and reduce hospital admissions by up to… Read More