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157 Peer Reviews Fail to Catch Fake Cancer Study

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  • A “crisis of science” is upon us, as fraudulent studies are being published by both peer-reviewed and open access journals alike to a greater degree than ever before
  • Open Access journals are a phenomenally positive movement that benefits the public. However, you need to beware that just because a study was published, that is not a guarantee of research quality
  • A journalist devised a “sting operation” to test how likely it might be for fraudulent research to be published, and half of the Open Access journals accepted the fake study for publication; half did not
  • Recent research revealed that nearly one million people died over five years in Europe through the inappropriate prescription of beta-blockers for non-cardiac surgery
  • The research serving as the basis for this deadly prescription guideline was published in prestigious peer reviewed journals, showing peer review flaws are not limited to Open Access journals

By Dr. Mercola

The Internet has benefited you with vast access to information that was formerly difficult to come by. However, open access has also generated reduced quality control, sometimes turning the Information Age into the “Age of Misinformation”—especially when it comes to scientific research.


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