/ Could the medical world please make their minds up?

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The Lemming - on 21 Mar 2012
Is aspirin good or bad for you?

I get the feeling that the medical world is schizophrenic and can't make its mind up about what is good and bad for you.

One minute beer and chocolate are bad for you and the next minute they are beneficial for your health.

Does this mean that the medical world are just guessing?
earlsdonwhu - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming: Same with aspirin.
dissonance - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

a)dont confuse random news paper reports with what the research says
b)it may be good for you depending on quantity and/or other conditions/medication.
jonny taylor on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:
Is this a serious question? It is only the media that translate it into "good" or "bad". Some findings have been reported that indicate regular taking of aspirin reduces the incidence of certain cancers. That is not inconsistent with aspirin having other negative side effects.
victim of mathematics - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

Seriously?

1) Newspaper science reporting is massively shoddy. I thought everybody knew this.

2) I'd be interested to hear your design for a study to conclusively prove whether any one thing is 'good' or 'bad' for you. Even assuming you have an unlimited budget. Go on...
CraigB - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:
> Is aspirin good or bad for you?
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> Does this mean that the medical world are just guessing?

Or does it mean medical science is slightly more complicated than that?
ThunderCat - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to CraigB:

My all-time favourite bit of 'independent' scientific research:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/5281046.stm

Last line is a killer.
deepsoup - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:
> I get the feeling that the medical world is schizophrenic and ...

Incidentally, I think the medical world has a definition of "schizoprenic" that means something other than just indecisive doesn't it? ;o)
The Lemming - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to deepsoup:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> Incidentally, I think the medical world has a definition of "schizoprenic" that means something other than just indecisive doesn't it? ;o)

We'll get back to you on that one.

confusicating on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

It's called research and learning.

No, it is not guesswork.

It should not be down to 'the medical world' to dictate what you drink and eat.
Jimbo W on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

Depends on the dose and the person. Not all respond to a drug in the same way.
Dave Garnett - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to The Lemming:
> Is aspirin good or bad for you?

It's complicated.
hazeysunshine - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to Dave Garnett:

maybe just wait and see how the Daily Mail classifies it in its 'ongoing mission to divide all the inanimate objects in the world into those that cause or cure cancer.'
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Dave Garnett - on 21 Mar 2012
In reply to hazeysunshine:

Yes, I should have been more judgemental.

How about complicated, but usually good. Actually, surprisingly good in unusually varied ways.

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