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Trial by Error: A Letter To Bristol about My Recent FOI Request; Update Added

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH   UPDATE: Within an hour or two of writing to Bristol, I received a response from the university’s director of legal services. Here’s what she wrote: Dear Dr Tuller Thank you for your email. The Information Rights team is making good progress on clearing the back log, your FOI […]

Trial By Error: Professor Sharpe’s Retraction Requests

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH After this month’s release of the Health Research Authority’s PACE analysis, Professor Michael Sharpe sent e-mails to at least two US publications requesting a retraction or major correction of critical articles. Professor Sharpe’s e-mails accused the writers involved of suggesting that PACE was “fraudulent.” This accusation was not true. In […]

A Statement In Support Of Cochrane

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  From the Virology Blog. Cochrane has decided to temporarily withdraw a review of exercise therapies for the illness variously known as ME, CFS, ME/CFS and CFS/ME. The review reported that exercise therapy is effective in treating the illness—a finding that has provided unwarranted support for recommendations that patients should undergo the intervention known as […]

Trial By Error: FITNET-NHS Recruitment Ad Promotes “Recovery”

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   A British medical education company has recently disseminated a recruitment ad for a high-profile pediatric study of treatment for what it calls CFS/ME. The recruitment ad’s headline describes the intervention being investigated as “effective,” without caveat or reservation. (Full headline: “Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME): effective home treatment for teenagers”) […]

Trial By Error: The BPS Brigades Score Another Own Goal

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Not long ago, Sir Simon scored an own goal by enticing a childhood buddy to enter the PACE debate. That buddy, attorney and social commentator Mike Godwin, soon pronounced the trial—which Sir Simon had called “a thing of beauty”–to be “so profoundly flawed that it cannot be trusted.” Sir Simon tweeted […]

Trial By Error: Mayo Still Champions GET

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Last week I admonished the US Centers for Disease Control for including fuzzy language about exercise in its new package of “information for healthcare providers.” The way the Mayo Clinic deals with the illness it calls chronic fatigue syndrome is an excellent illustration of why it is so important for the […]

Trial By Error: My Letter To Parliament’s Science And Technology Committee

David Tuller

  11 JULY 2018 By David Tuller, DrPH Earlier today, I e-mailed the following letter to the members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, which has been investigating issues of scientific and research integrity. I thought it would be a good idea to make sure they knew that this quality appeared to […]

Trial By Error: Professor Sharpe’s Intemperate Remarks – For Whom Is He Speaking ?

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  By Steven Lubet in Virology Blog.   Steven Lubet is the Williams Memorial Professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he specializes in professional responsibility and ethics. Let’s assume that everyone on the PACE team, and all of their colleagues in the biopsychosocial school, always acted in complete good faith. Let’s agree […]

Trial By Error: My 2011 NY Times Exchange With the PACE PIs

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   When the PACE trial was published in early 2011, my New York Times editor sent it to me, along with the press release. As a non-staff contributor to the Times, I had started covering the debate over the mouse retrovirus hypothesis and science, but I’d heard nothing about anything called PACE or […]

Trial By Error: More On The CDC; Reader’s Digest; And BBC’s Newsbeat

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH.   It’s been almost a year since the CDC removed its recommendations for GET and CBT as treatments for ME/CFS (or CFS, or ME, or CFS/ME, or even SEID or whatever else one calls this illness or cluster of illnesses). When questioned about the decision, the agency explained that people had […]

Trial By Error: My Australian Tour, Continued

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH.   Last week, I spent three days in Hobart, on the island of Tasmania. Besides strolling around looking for cafes where I could drink decent coffee and write, my main work-related activity was giving a talk at Menzies Institute for Medical Research, part of the University of Tasmania. About 40 people attended, […]

Trial By Error: Yet Another Go-Round With BMJ Open

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   In response to our last letter to BMJ Open about its ethically challenged school absence study, the journal’s editor, Dr. Trish Groves, once again invited us to submit a letter for publication. We have declined. To recap: In 2011, BMJ Open published a research study that exempted itself from ethical review on the […]

Trial By Error: The Australian Situation, And Professor Crawley’s New Position

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   So I arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday afternoon. I’ll be in Australia for several weeks for meetings, interviews and general information-gathering. I’ll post occasionally, but some of the information might be for future blogs and stories. I’ve conducted a Q-and-A about the general situation in the country with Penelope […]

Trial By Error: A Letter To BMJ Open

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Three weeks ago, Professor Racaniello e-mailed a letter of concern to Archives of Disease in Childhood about its recent study of the Lightning Process as a treatment for ME/CFS in kids. The journal’s editor, Dr. Nick Brown, answered within an hour, assuring Professor Racaniello that he took the matter seriously and that the […]

Trial By Error: Letter To British Journal Of Sports Medicine From CPET Experts

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Last October, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a short paper that was essentially a summary of Cochrane’s systematic review of graded exercise for chronic fatigue syndrome (as Cochrane calls the illness). This systematic review is problematic for a number of reasons—not least of which is that it includes the debunked PACE […]

Trial By Error: My Six-Month Review

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   This month is the start of the second half of my one-year crowdfunding commitment to keep reporting on ME/CFS, so I figured I should review what I’ve done so far, what I still hope to do, and what changes have taken place during the last six months. So, here […]

Trial By Error: The School Absence Study, Revisited

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   This post is about a serious issue–ethical approval for research studies involving children. It is also about how powerful institutions, like leading medical journals, respond to concerns. But the story is really too long and complicated. I recommend it only for those following things pretty closely or who for […]

Trial By Error: The Crawley Chronicles, Continued….

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Update: About 20 minutes after posting this blog, I received the following communication from Ms. Paterson: Dear Dr Tuller Thank you for your email of 22 November. If by a ‘cease and desist’ letter you mean a letter threatening legal action if the recipient does not stop a specified […]

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