For my teen current events class, I prepared a bunch of resources for my group of 21 kids to help them assess news. In my research I discovered a pretty startling fact about medical studies. Not only do we have 300% more medical studies completed today since the 1960s, but most of them are just crap. They lean certain ways, exclude imortant variables and are often proven wrong within mere weeks or months following their publication.
Around 85 percent of global expenditures on medical studies are spent on awful studies that were poorly designed and only about 6% are designed well. If you click the link you can see how so many studies prove that everything from wine to tomatoes are good and bad for you, depending on the study!
What do you think of medical studies published lately? What should be done to help stop this problem?
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