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.

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.

Beware of the pinkwashing of suicide prevention

Cause marketing of cosmetics to prevent suicide could mark the return of exploitation of a good cause for profit. Just as with we learned with Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon campaigns, we need to ask questions about where the profits are going and whether we should object.

Psychological interventions do not reduce pain, despite claims of proponents

A provocative review finds a “lack of strong supporting empirical evidence for the effectiveness of psychological treatments for pain management.”

A longer than needed look at ’11 minutes of mindfulness can reduce drinking by bottle of wine a week.’

Why University College, London issued embargoed press release for an already published mindfulness study is more interesting than the insipid study itself.

Is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in a post-evidence phase?

Recent interviews with three founders of ACT make little reference to evidence, but a lot of reaching for roles as gurus, not as trainers in an evidence-based therapy.

“1 in 2 cancer patients significantly distressed”? Fake news from Psycho-Oncology

Study in Wiley journal Psycho-Oncology generates fake facts to promote cancer as a mental health problem and portray cancer patients in need of mandatory screening for distress.

What?! Homeopathy and acupuncture for symptoms of autism

  Let’s get the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to stop publicizing junk studies of acupuncture for symptoms of autism intended to exploit parents NOW.     Changes are ordered by Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) in the Facebook Page advertising acupuncture for autism. Yet, an enterprising journal editor got the AAAS’s […]

A skeptical look at a study of acupuncture delivered in emergency rooms [updated]

Why an expensive, flawed, misrepresented trial of acupuncture in emergency rooms provided no evidence that acupuncture is effective in controlling pain.