By: Rebecca Cerio
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Data Diving – What happens when tens of thousands of pages of clinical trials are condensed into <10 page publications? Inevitably, information gets left out. Kerry Grens suggests in The Scientist that such unpublished data is a treasure trove of scientific knowledge that needs to be more readily available.
Analytical Trend Troubles Scientists – Observational studies (studies where there is no investigator intervention, simply observation of what happens naturally) are on the rise, due to their being much cheaper to conduct than controlled experimental studies. However, these studies seem to be particularly prone to faulty study design and statistical biases that make them difficult to interpret or reproduce. (by Gautam Naik via the Wall Street Journal)
HealthNewsReview.org – An excellent resource where scientists and health professionals do the factchecking on health news reporting. They check the reviewed articles for accuracy, bias, and a slew of other factors judging its usefulness to health consumers.
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