Early Results from Clinical Trials Not All They're Cracked Up to Be, Shows New Research

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...

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