Tagged: BMJ

It’s time for academics to stand up against bad science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 12, 2018

Shocking revelations around a clinical trial of a new tuberculosis vaccine are just the tip of the iceberg. Maintaining public trust in science depends on open science. Ten years ago, Dr Ben Goldacre published Bad Science, a book described by The Economist as “a fine lesson in how to skewer the enemies of reason … Read More

I reject this - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 16, 2015

Every year the British Medical Journal produces a special Christmas edition of, ah, ‘less formal’ science. This year one article tackles that curse of academia: rejections. Every year scientists throughout the world face descriptions of their research for scientific journals or their grant applications being thrown back at them – rejected. An article by Cath Chapman and Tim Slade … Read More

Health professionals call for action - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Oct 18, 2011

The health and security implications of climate change were the subject of an interesting-looking conference hosted by the British Medical Journal in London on Monday.  Both medical and military speakers took part in the programme. The meeting produced a strong and succinct statement which underlined how widespread are the ramifications of climate change, in particular [...] … Read More

Breast Dogma - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 17, 2011

There’s a bit of a rumpus going on at the moment in the world of Midwifery. It seems that some brave doctors, paediatrician Dr Mary Fewtrell, of University College London and her colleagues, have published a paper challenging the WHO dogma of six months of breast feeding. The Midwives are all frothing at the mouth [...] Related posts: … Read More

Wakefield’s (bad) science: when measles isn’t actually measles. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 09, 2011

Fellow Sciblogger Grant Jacobs and I have both recently posted on the BMJ’s editorial ‘Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent’. The editors left us with plenty of food for thought, including: ‘What of Wakefield’s other publications? In light of this new information their veracity must be questioned. Past experience tells us that research misconduct … Read More

The Wakefield-Autism BMJ editorial revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 09, 2011

Fellow SciBlogger Grant Jacobs has written an excellent post on the BMJ’s recent editorial ‘Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent’. I’d like to add a few points. I was recently told that the BMJ originally rejected Wakefield’s paper. I wonder if they sent it out for peer review? * If so, wouldn’t it be interesting … Read More

Who if anyone got to the WHO? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 04, 2010

Did scientists with links to “big pharma” fuel fear about pandemics at the World Health Organisation resulting in a massive spend-up on antiviral drugs? UPDATE: BMJ coverage now online here. It sounds like a conspiracy theory the anti-vax movement would dream up, but according to a joint investigation between the British Medical Journal and The Bureau … Read More