Positive findings are around twice as likely to be published as negative findings. This is a cancer at the core of evidence-based medicine.

Ben Goldacre

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Source: "What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe." TEDMED2012. Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by debunker Ben Goldacre means that research studies with positive findings are two times as likely to be published in scientific journals compared with studies that have negative or unflattering findings, and that this academic publishing bias influences the field of medicine in a very harmful way. In other words, a study that suggests a medication is effective or safe  is more likely to be published than an equally valid study that indicates the medication is ineffective or unsafe. As a result, doctors may prescribe an ineffective or even dangerous medication. The quote is from Goldacre's 2012 TED Talk, "What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe." Watch the full TED Talk here: Ben Goldacre - What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe
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