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Male Scientists' Threat to Integrity of Research

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  • Stress has a pain-relieving effect, and it’s been suggested that researchers’ presence may be stressful to animals and thereby decrease pain in animal studies
  • A new study revealed that male (but not female) researchers had a significant stressful impact on mice, triggering a 36 percent decrease in pain response
  • A medication that appears to be relieving pain in mice may actually be “working” due to the stress-induced pain relief that occurs when mice are exposed to male researchers
  • The majority of preclinical drug research also cannot be validated, wasting resources and at times exposing study participants to unnecessary risks
  • In order to determine the best course of action in any situation, you've got to use all the resources available to you, including your own common sense and reason, true expert advice, and the experience of those you trust

By Dr. Mercola

Many facets of your daily life probably involve choices you make on the basis of scientific research. For instance, you may choose to eat certain foods, use certain medications, or exercise in a certain way because you've read reports suggesting that it's scientifically proven to benefit you in some way.

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