On the relation between evidence & belief

In many instances, belief is resistant to  evidence.  This article explores in depth examples of when users of a drug or medical service display disregard to whether there is actually any efficacy.

The author, Christie Ashwanden, covers many interesting topics such as nsaid use among endurance runners, prostate screening, mammagraphy. 

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

 

from Miller-McCune:

 

 

…They call it “vitamin I.” Among runners of ultra-long-distance races, ibuprofen use is so common that when scientist David Nieman tried to study the drug’s use at the Western States Endurance Run in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains he could hardly find participants willing to run the grueling 100-mile race without it.Nieman, director of the Human Performance Lab at Appalachian State University, eventually did recruit the subjects he needed for the study, comparing pain and inflammation in runners who took ibuprofen during the race with those who didn’t, and the results were unequivocal. Ibuprofen failed to reduce muscle pain or soreness, and blood tests revealed that ibuprofen takers actually experienced greater levels of inflammation than those who eschewed the drug. “There is absolutely no reason for runners to be using ibuprofen,” Nieman says.The following year, Nieman returned to the Western States race and presented his findings to runners. Afterward, he asked whether his study results would change their habits. The answer was a resounding no. “They really, really think it’s helping,” Nieman says. “Even in the face of data showing that it doesn’t help, they still use it…”

via Rational Arguments — Evidence Is Only Part of the Story | Smart Journalism. Real Solutions. | Miller-McCune Online Magazine.

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