From time to time, researchers stop clinical trials because the results seem almost too good to be true. A new international study shows that is probably because those results are not true…
A new international analysis of 100 clinical trials that ended early found that the results were often wrong and sometimes life-threatening. Dr. Victor Montori of the Mayo Clinic is one of the authors of the report. "What is happening is they are catching the data at a random high. The data is accumulating and it looks like a big effect, but if you let it go a little bit, that effect may become smaller over time," he explained.
Voice of America, by Carol Pearson, 3/24/2010
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