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  • Conversation: Early results from clinical trials not all they're cracked up to be, shows new research

    • February 21, 2018 12:24 PM GMT
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      Early results from clinical trials not all they're cracked up to be, shows new research

      ROCHESTER, Minn. -- When people are suffering from a chronic medical condition, they may place their hope on treatments in clinical trials that show early positive results. However, these results may be grossly exaggerated in more than 1 in 3 early clinical trials, reports a new study led by Mayo Clinic and published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
      "This phenomenon of exaggerated early results was present in a whopping 37 percent of the studies we reviewed," says Fares Alahdab, M.D., lead author of the study and a research fellow in Mayo Clinic's Evidence-Based Practice Center. "Physicians and patients should be cautious about new or early clinical trial evidence. Exaggerated results could lead to false hope as well as possibly harmful effects."
      Read more: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/mc-erf021918.php

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