Great moments in junk science…

A couple of weeks ago, The Lancet — “a prestigious U.K. medical journal” — published a bombshell study on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ).

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In a nutshell, the study claimed that Covid-19 patients given HCQ cocktails (HCQ plus an antibiotic such as azithromycin) had their risk of ventricular arrhythmias increase fivefold. Source

Based on the report, Eric Topol, director the Scripps Research Institute and a cardiologist, noted “It’s no longer that hydroxychloroquine has no sign of efficacy, it  is now associated with an increase in mortality.”

Whoa, Nellie.

“Following the science”, the WHO put the brakes on a Fauci-pleasing double blind random clinical trial of HCQ’s efficacy … citing the increased heart risks that the study found.

France banned the use of HCQ on Covid patients.

CNN did an end zone dance: proof positive that President Trump is an idiot.

But, the proverbial worm has turned.

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Yesterday, The Lancet retracted the article reporting the study’s results.

Why?

“Three of the study’s four authors made the decision to retract the study after they were unable to independently verify the data used for their analysis.”

Scientific journal ARD-Technica put it more bluntly: “data fraud”.

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The authors apologized for any embarrassment or inconvenience they may have caused.

“We all entered this collaboration to contribute in good faith and at a time of great need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We deeply apologise to you, the editors, and the journal readership for any embarrassment or inconvenience that this may have caused.”

I wonder if CNN and MSNBC will offer a retraction and apology?

I’m betting the under on that one.

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click to see the retraction notice

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