No, $75 Million Won’t Cure Heart Disease Or Reinvent Science

–Silicon Valley hype and hubris come to cardiology. We may be close to peak hype and hubris in cardiology. This week some of the smartest people on the planet said that $75 million can help find new ways to prevent heart disease AND, as if that’s not enough, completely reinvent the way we do science….

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Don’t Believe The Hype

What is the most common flaw in health journalism? “Conveying certainty that doesn’t exist.” That’s Gary Schwitzer’s terrific response to this important question. At last week’s Presenting Overdiagnosis 2015 conference in Washington, DC Schwitzer, the publisher of HealthNewsReview.Org, listed the most common mistakes journalists make: Exaggerating effect size– relative not absolute data Using causal language to describe observational studies Idolatry…

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News Flash! Company Issues Incredibly Boring Press Release

Last week Abiomed issued a press release (reprinted below) that was about as dull as a press release can get. The main news of the press release was that the PROTECT II study testing the company’s Impella 2.5  circulatory support device had been published online in Circulation. The press release provides no details or information about…

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