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Ben Goldacre
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Nerd cheerleader, Bad Science person, stats geek, research fellow in epidemiology, procrastinator. TED here: http://bit.ly/qUcrmf email: ben@badscience.net blog http://www.badscience.net http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/
Nerd cheerleader, Bad Science person, stats geek, research fellow in epidemiology, procrastinator. TED here: http://bit.ly/qUcrmf email: ben@badscience.net blog http://www.badscience.net http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/

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I was on BBC Newsnight last night. I mentioned in passing that vaccine scares respect local cultural boundaries, because they are social phenomena. Paxman seemed amazed and excited, so I posted this extract from Bad Science online today:

http://www.badscience.net/2013/04/how-vaccine-scares-respect-local-cultural-boundaries/

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MY AWESOME NEW BOOK on dodgy drug companies is out TODAY. 

Here's the foreword.

http://www.badscience.net/2012/09/heres-the-intro-to-my-new-book/

I hope you like it. The tricks used by industry to distort data are fascinating, but the impact is murderous. There is much that can be done to fix it, and at the back is an activism manual...
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Hey, I just touched my new book on Big Pharma...
http://www.badscience.net/2012/09/holy-crap-i-just-touched-my-new-book/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007350740/ref=nosim?tag=bs0b-21

Cheesy spiel:

"Medicine is broken. We like to imagine that it’s based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature surrounding a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by industry. We like to imagine that regulators let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve hopeless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients.

"All these problems have been protected from public scrutiny because they’re too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Dr. Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct on a global scale affects us. In his own words, “the tricks and distortions documented in these pages are beautiful, intricate, and fascinating in their details.” With Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for something to be done. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before."

http://www.badscience.net/2012/09/holy-crap-i-just-touched-my-new-book/

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I did a fast talking 5 minute interview with the BBC about science, trials, smears, God, twitter, and nerd pride.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19517224

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MPs have written to the Advertising Standards Authority, insisting they provide proof that prayer does not work. This joke works on many levels.

http://www.totalpolitics.com/blog/314662/mps-plea-to-overturn-and39god-can-healand39-ad-ban.thtml

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Hey, I did a talk at TEDglobal in July, it's up now.

I shout about quacks, epidemiology, publication bias, funnel plots, and evil pharmaceutical corporations...

http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_battling_bad_science.html
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