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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
In clinical trials, you can have it both ways
"Were you in the vax group or the placebo?" It sounds like a simple question, that should have a simple answer, right? And usua...
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Clinical Trials - More Blinding, Less Worry!
She's right to be worried! There are so many possible cracks that bias can seep through, nudging clinical trial results off cours...
Monday, December 4, 2017
A Science Fortune Cookie
This fortune cookie could start a few scuffles. It's offering a cheerful scenario if you are looking for a benefit of a treatm...
Sunday, September 11, 2016
The Highs and Lows of the "Good Study"
Imagine if weather reports only gave the expected average temperature across a whole country. You wouldn't want to be counting on ...
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Cupid's Lesser-Known Arrow
Cupid's famous arrow causes people to fall blindly in love with each other. That can end happily ever after. Not so with his lesser...
Sunday, November 29, 2015
More Than Average Confusion About What Mean Means Mean
She's right: on average, when people talk about "average" for a number, they mean the mean. The mean is the num...
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
AGHAST! The Day the Trial Terminator Arrived
Clinical trials are complicated enough when everything goes pretty much as expected. When it doesn't, the dilemma of continuin...
Sunday, July 19, 2015
ARR OR NNT? What's Your Number Needed To Confuse?
I used to think numbers are completely objective. Words, on the other hand, can clearly stretch out, or squeeze, people's percepti...
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Let's Play Outcome Mash-up - A Clinical Trial Shortcut Classic!
Deciphering trial outcomes can be a tricky business. As if many measures aren't hard enough to make sense of on their own, the...
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Biomarkers Unlimited: Accept Only OUR Substitutes!
Sounds great, doesn't it? Getting clinical trial results quickly has so much going for it. Information sooner! More affordable tria...
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