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Two elite medical journals retract coronavirus papers over data integrity questions

  1. Is this posted yet? Just checking.

    Delingpole: Lancetgate Is a Humiliation for Trump’s Medical Critics

    "The Lancet — one of the world’s oldest, best known, and most respected medical journals — has formally retracted a paper which claimed that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is ineffective and potentially dangerous in the treatment of Chinese coronavirus."

    The paper — ‘Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis’ — received widespread publicity across the mainstream media because it was the biggest and most damning study about HCQ.

    Supposedly based on the records of 96,032 patients in 671 hospitals, the study claimed that coronavirus patients who took HCQ were more likely to die than those who took nothing.

    It was so damning that the World Health Organization (WHO) immediately halted all its trials of HCQ. France banned its use altogether in treatments for Covid-19.

    But arguably the main reason the study got so much publicity was because HCQ has been championed by President Donald Trump. Trump has admitted to taking HCQ himself as a prophylactic against the Chinese coronavirus. So here was a perfect opportunity for his many critics in the mainstream media to make him look ignorant and foolish.
    . . .
    This antipathy towards Trump was very much shared by the Lancet, which, for 25 years, has been edited by a hard-left activist Richard Horton.

    As Rebecca Weisser notes in a piece for Spectator Australia, Horton has a long track record of championing fashionable leftist causes:

    Horton’s causes célèbres include publishing an inflated Iraq War death toll, a letter on Gaza from pro-Hamas doctors and calling for physicians to join Extinction Rebellion.
    . . .
    A search of publicly available material suggests several of Surgisphere’s employees have little or no data or scientific background. An employee listed as a science editor appears to be a science fiction author and fantasy artist whose professional profile suggests writing is her fulltime job. Another employee listed as a marketing executive is an adult model and events hostess, who also acts in videos for organisations.

    The company’s LinkedIn page has fewer than 100 followers and last week listed just six employees. This was changed to three employees as of Wednesday.
    While Surgisphere claims to run one of the largest and fastest hospital databases in the world, it has almost no online presence. Its Twitter handle has fewer than 170 followers, with no posts between October 2017 and March 2020.
    Until Monday, the “get in touch” link on Surgisphere’s homepage redirected to a WordPress template for a cryptocurrency website, raising questions about how hospitals could easily contact the company to join its database.
    Desai has been named in three medical malpractice suits, unrelated to the Surgisphere database. In an interview with the Scientist, Desai previously described the allegations as “unfounded”.
    . . .
    With suspiciously convenient timing, within 24 hours of the Lancet retraction, yet another study — from the University of Oxford, part of the so-called Recovery Trial — allegedly debunking hydroxychloroquine was publicised in the mainstream media.

    In the Telegraph, the story was reported under the headline ‘Researchers halt trial into hydroxychloroquine after they found it was “useless” against coronavirus’.

    Immediately underneath, an anti-Trump standfirst:

    ‘This could be the end of the road for a drug touted as a ‘game-changer’ by U.S. president Donald Trump’.

    Well it could.

    Except, almost immediately, doubts were being raised about the reliability of this trial too, especially with regard to the dosage of HCQ used.
    . . .
    Of course it’s quite possible that the many doctors (such as France’s Didier Raoult) who claim to have used HCQ successfully as a treatment for Covid-19 — often in conjunction with zinc — may yet be confounded by a definitive study.

    But it’s equally possible that Trump — and those doctors — may yet be vindicated.

    Two elite medical journals retract coronavirus papers over data integrity questions

    Lancet, New England Journal retract Covid-19 studies, including one that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs
  2. What we have learned is medical research is a business like any other. There are good and bad people. Those with integrity and those without. And those that allow their political bias to overwhelm their integrity, and the loss of life due to the failure of their integrity.

    Medicine and science should be about facts and truth, and now we see it is chock full of political bias and greed. And just like that it has gone the way of journalism and cannot be blindly trusted.
  3. When health care gets politicized we suffer and it seems to be happening a lot more.

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  4. Yes it was posted in the almost defunct corona virus thread. It more popular now to fret about protestors and common criminals.

    The retraction is not new. What is astounding is that 4 medical doctors thought that no one was going to question the findings.
  5. We smelled a rat and we were right.
  6. No one cares. Coronavirus is over. It was largely a media and political creation, and it's over now.
  7. I'd have to agree. We now need another crisis since even the BLM stuff is going according to plan.
  8. There is nothing Liberal Progressives wont do.
    Their end always justifies any means.
  9. Science has been corrupted by politics and money. Hard to trust any of it these days. By the way, we are getting snow in the CO mountains this morning, June 9. Does anyone still believe in the MMGW myth? I didn't think so.
  10. Nuclear accident? It's been a while.
  11. Wish I knew. I don't think outside the box as much as delusionals' do.
  12. Something my dad told me in 1960

    Never be the first to try the new drug on a patient and the last to abandon theold drug