277 - Ben Goldacre

Ele tem uma coluna onde escreve todas as semanas para o The Guardian, desmascarando charlatões e pseudocientistas que difundem informações erradas sobre saúde pública.
Seus artigos agora podem ser lidos no bestseller Bad Science.

by John Rigg.

Ben Goldacre is a medical doctor, journalist and writer. He fights against bad science: {yootooltip title=[ he exposes ]} he exposes - revela, denuncia {/yootooltip} pseudo-scientists, bad journalism and {yootooltip title=[lies]} lies - mentiras {/yootooltip}. His book Bad Science is a top ten UK {yootooltip title=[bestseller]} bestseller - dos mais vendidos {/yootooltip}.

Goldacre has written the column Bad Science for The Guardian since 2003. The “science” {yootooltip title=[ stories ]} stories - artigos, matérias {/yootooltip} he discredits come in three main categories: stories with bizarre {yootooltip title=[ headlines ]} headlines - manchetes {/yootooltip} like “Infidelity is genetic” and “Electricity allergy is real, say scientists.” Then there are {yootooltip title=[ health stories ]} health stories - artigos sobre saúde {/yootooltip} like “Chocolate is good for you” and “Eat as much {yootooltip title=[ fat ]} fat - gordura {/yootooltip} as you want, but only at the right time of day.” But the category {yootooltip title=[ tabloid newspapers ]} tabloid newspapers - jornais sensacionalistas {/yootooltip} love most are {yootooltip title=[scare stories]} scare stories - matérias que provocam medo {/yootooltip}. Here’s a typical example: “Mobile phones cause brain cancer?”

Goldacre says journalists simply do not understand science. A journalist will see the results of one scientific experiment and report the results. What is wrong with this? Science takes the results of many tests before coming to any conclusions.
Consider today’s successful Omega 3 fish oil business. This began with a small experiment at a Durham school where normal test procedures were ignored – there was no control group. The result was apparently spectacular, but not scientifically valid. The Omega 3 business remains enormous, even if subsequent {yootooltip title=[ trials ]} trials - experimentos, testes {/yootooltip} haven’t confirmed the Durham results.

There’s no danger in children taking fish oil, but other cases have serious consequences. The {yootooltip title=[ Measles Mumps Rubella ]} Measles Mumps Rubella - sarampo, caxumba e rubéola {/yootooltip} (MMR) triple vaccination scare is a terrible example, and one of Goldacre’s most important causes: the media {yootooltip title=[ linked ]} linked - ligou, relacionou {/yootooltip} the vaccination to autism, and many parents decided not to vaccinate their children.
The result was an epidemic of measles, which can be fatal.
What does Goldacre consider a genuine medical danger today? “Food, too much or too little, depending on where we live.” If you have an example of bad science, send it to Goldacre at Este endereço de email está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa do JavaScript ativado para vê-lo..

Ben Goldacre was born in 1974. He studied medicine at Magdalen College Oxford. After graduation in 1995, he went to the University of Milan as a researcher in cognitive neuroscience. He then studied clinical medicine at University College London, and now works as a full-time medical doctor for the National Health Service. He obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from King’s College London.
His writing career began at Oxford University where he edited the student magazine Isis. He writes for the Guardian newspaper, Time Out, The New Statesman and the British Medical Journal. He also appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and television. His articles are also available online: you can visit his blog at www.badscience.net.

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