The 12th Invest in ME Research Conference June, 2017, Part 2
MEMum presents the second article in a series of three about the recent 12th Invest In ME International Conference (IIMEC12) in London.
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ME/CFS RESEARCH TREND

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by John Mac, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member

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    Interesting until slide 10, when I started to reach for my tin foil hat ;)
     
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    It's kind of hard to avoid thinking that something stinks in the way the illness has been handled. The author is just guessing (in my opinion, poorly). There is a lot more evidence for involvement of the health insurance industry, although actually proving that there is a deliberate effort to deny the biological nature of the illness is very difficult.
     
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    Interesting the number of grants to the 2 types of study, but I'd be more interested in the amount of money granted. Psych studies in the UK get millions, biomed ones get a few thousand.
     
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    I wonder if some sort of analysis like this could be eaisly done on networks of citations too? This whole misadventure could be a useful case-study for those who want to learn about Bad Science.
     
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    There is a concept of citation circles, researchers endlessly citing their colleagues, who cite them. I think we also have to consider review circles, reviewers endlessly approving their colleagues' research, and vice versa.
     
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    On military conspiracy, the military do lots of research on things that are not about weapons and warfare, including medicine. They train and deploy large numbers of soldiers and support staff, sometimes at a training cost of hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars each ... and then they get sick with something incurable and that investment is lost. A huge amount of money would have been essentially lost because of ME or CFS alone. Why wouldn't the military be interested?

    Now questions about why psychobabble has any credence with the military are not a huge mystery either. Soldiers often get PTSD and depression.
     
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    Definitely interesting to hear that the hypothalamus has military applications.

    Little known fact: you can't actually even qualify for military service without one! And if you lose yours while on active duty, you're immediately flown home. Something is going on there...
     
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    I'm pretty sure this isn't too difficult.
     
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    There are network graph analysis techniques used to look at social networks that could be applied. I think they are quite computationally expensive and tend to be done using computers with large memories but that is where there are millions of connections. With academic papers there are much fewer.

    Citations of course don't mean recommendations as papers that are critical will also cite.
     

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