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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/
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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 blogs http://www.badscience.net and http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/ twitter http://twitter.com/bengoldacre/ 
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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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Please post more information about bad practice. Very interesting
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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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+Ben Goldacre You do realise that when you get really animated you turn into Michael Palin?
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FYI, pile of poo was in the last version. Also, there's a bug in WebKit on the Mac that means it doesn't work for most Mac users, sadly.
http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=62435
Works nicely on Linux though. 💩
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By Jennifer Howard. The battle over public access to federally financed research is heating up again. The basic question is this: When taxpayers help pay for scholarly research, should those taxpayers...
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for another example, like Nick, many clinicians do not practice at large Universities....they need access to published research results...a rural hospital, for instance doesn't have the huge budget to access data that would help them make clinical decisions....
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i've found the button that switches other peoples webcams on for hangout. you should put some pants on.
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You can never truly know someone until you see him naked. 
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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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Finally brought it! Gonna get down to reading this after weekend.
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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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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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+Niall Slattery your mom works in mysterious ways
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Award shows normally don't get uploaded online. lol
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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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Ben - 11,300 people have circled you and you haven't posted since September :( Sorry, I just watched a QI episode that featured you, the TED video above and remembered your brilliant speech re: placebos and found myself wishing you had embraced the earth's greatest social media site.... maybe just one post a week - is that to much to ask?
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right. is google+ shit?
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Google+ is awesome because it connects interested people to people like you. If I want to hear about epidemiology, or simply find people who think like you do, I can, and that's inspiring. Enjoy it by searching for people you don't know yet! I've found it to be an awesome tool that connects me to a whole lot of information I wouldn't otherwise find access to. (I also love it because it undermines the sway of mainstream media and public schools with underlying motives).
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