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ClinicalTrials.gov not living up to promise

Clinical researchers in the US are required to register trials and deposit trial information at ClinicalTrials.gov. Most, however, don’t. According to several recent study, compliance with this law may be somewhere between around 13 and 22 percent. Which is to say that of the 13, 327 clinical trials conducted between 2008 and 2013, only 1,790 were filed on  ClinicalTrials.gov, leaving 11,537 unreported. Says author Kent Anderson in this March 3,…

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Data-sharing network to give assist to children’s health

Derek Streat, father of a 6-year-old girl who had a kidney transplant in 2010, has a very personal reason to help Seattle Children’s connect with other pediatric hospitals around the country. He sees a day when doctors looking for the best treatment for a patient could study medical records for hundreds or thousands of similar patients at hospitals across the country. That could help identify ideal levels of anti-rejection medications…

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There is no evidence to suggest

The six most dangerous words in evidence-based medicine (EBM) do not directly cause deaths or adverse events. They do not directly cause medical errors or diminutions in quality of care. However, they may indirectly cause these adverse consequences by leading to false inferences for decision making. Consider the following statements, each of which includes the six most dangerous words: There is no evidence to suggest that hospitalizing compared with not…

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ACLU sues US bishops over Catholic hospital ethics

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to blame for negligent care of a pregnant woman who went into early labor and whose baby died within hours. The ACLU alleges the bishops were negligent because their religious directives prevented Tamesha Means from being told that continuing her pregnancy…

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