Quick Thoughts

Unethical: Why Bristol University SMILE trial should not have been conducted with chronically ill children

If it should have been conducted at all, the first clinical trial of Lightning Process should not have been conducted with chronically ill children. Safety and efficacy had neither been established with adults, nor healthy children.

CDC – Don’t just discreetly change recommendations for treating chronic fatigue syndrome, publicize the changes!

  No one is going to notice important changes to Center for Disease Control recommendations for treating chronic fatigue syndrome unless explanations are often and disseminated. Unless you stumbled on it by accident, you had to be a routine watcher of the CDC website to have noticed a discrete last summer in the agency’s recommendations […]

Bristol University should start cleaning up its clinical trial registries by publishing two psychosocial intervention studies

A story in the feisty Bristol Cable revealed Bristol University ignores its responsibilities to publish results of clinical trials. A follow up story announced the university’s pledge to remedy the situation. The investigation of hidden data excluded psychosocial intervention trials. But here are two trials for which publication is overdue.

A dog ate the “fishy business” data for article in Science : What can be done?

Actually, not a dog, but it is an equally lame story: A thief allegedly made off with the only copy of the data from study critics claim never happened. What can be done?

Conflict of interest in manuscript peer-review: Expert opinions

Discussion of a recent court case concerning a peer reviewer who failed to disclose a conflict of interest has broader application.

Journal of Health Psychology Editor responds to misrepresentations by Cochrane author in Mental Elf blog

A Cochrane review author made a number of false claims in his Mental Elf blog post about why his manuscript about PACEgate was rejected by the Journal of Health Psychology.

Before the PACE-gate opened…

I co-wrote this with a sufferer of myalgic encephalomyelitis whom I have come to accept as a comrade in arms.

Part 2: What to look for in a Special Issue of Journal of Health Psychology concerning the PACE trial

Summaries and links to eight additional contributions to the special issue of Journal of Health Psychology on the controversial PACE trial.

What to look for in the Special Issue of Journal of Health Psychology concerning the PACE trial

A Special issue of Journal of Health Psychology concerns PACE, a trial of therapies for patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that has attracted a great deal of controversy

Last ditch attempt to block publication of special issue of Journal of Health Psychology foiled

Publication of the special issue of Journal of Health Psychology will go forward as planned on Monday July 31.

PACE-Gate: The Making of a Medical Scandal

An advance look at a forthcoming Editorial for a Journal of Health Psychology Special Issue on the PACE trial-A Medical Scandal.