The biggest scam in medicine

So much happening in Statisticsland, this post has had to wait its turn since mid-August! The eye-catching headline appeared in The Australian newspaper of 15 August, for subscribers only. It floated across my desk in the ANZSTAT mailing list, and it should be possible to track down a freely-available version of the story through an Internet search. The original research is in BMJ Open. I think the main message the whole set of reports conveys is that evidence is very hard to pin down! On one side, the papers that suggest that “bad” cholesterol isn’t so bad; on the other side, the papers that show “bad” cholesterol is still “bad” (noting that some of this research predates the BMJ Open paper); and trying to pull it all together, the evidence-based medicine people in the middle.

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