Friday, July 30, 2010

Duke Suspends Researcher and Halts Cancer Studies - NYtimes

http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/duke-suspends-researcher-halts-cancer-studies/

Fraud

As I was doing some literature searching, I came across an article in The Lancet discussing the use of NSAIDs and the risk of oral cancer. The article had been retracted! Here is the summary of this fraudulent work in Wikipedia. Certainly an interesting read, and a relevant topic for the hn spore.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Obama on "The View"

President Obama, who appeared on "The View" today, said:

     "Let's not assume [the worst about other people]; let's make sure we get the facts straight."

I think he deserves an honorary degree in Statistics.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

statistician questioned by the New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/science/09age.html?_r=1&hpw

This statistician was questioned by the New York Times about her analysis of a Science paper on genetics of old age. We should think twice before putting our names in some papers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Subscribing to this blog

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Friday, July 9, 2010

RECORD Trial scandal

Fascinating story about the RECORD clinical trial, involving statistics, conspiracy, secret tape recordings, and industry (GSK) intimidation.  Will there be a summer blockbuster based on this true story? 

NYTimes article about the FDA review of drug safety (Avandia, a diabetes drug)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/10/health/10diabetes.html

Letter from Steven Nissen (Cleveland Clinic) in JAMA:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/303/12/1194.pdf

And of course the trial publication itself (Stuart Pocock is the statistician):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19501900

MK

Thursday, July 1, 2010

supercomputing resources

If you need some serious computing power, we have these resources available. Among other clusters they have a windows network with 16CPU and 128GB RAM. It has SAS, SPSS, S-Plus, Matlab, R, Stata, Mathematica, etc. Another linux cluster has 256GB RAM with bioinformatic and statistical packages preinstalled.

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