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A website dedicated to tracking scientific studies

I feel that there is just too much sensationalism in the news about studies, and I would like to see more transparency and accountability.

Wouldn't it be great to be able to:

- Search all the studies commissioned by a specific company
- Search all the studies for a specific topic (ie. is coffee good or bad for your health?)


From my searches, I have not been able to find such a site.

Perhaps there is someone on this site that has more experience with how studies are publicly released, and could give some feedback to the idea.

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    Jan 20 2012: These are the closest that I am aware of:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
    You can search particular words that will provide you with a listing of all relevant peer reviewed papers.

    http://www.newscientist.com/
    A subscription site (or buy the UK Magazine). It provides articles on the latest scientific findings and simplified explanations/conclusions.

    It is a good idea and there are components of it littering the internet so it is feasible. The only issue would be to find and linking all of the actual papers that support/reject a claim in any article written, which can be incredibly time consuming and complicated.
    The only way around this issue (that I could see) would be to simply index the pages throughout the websites into a custom search engine and re-label them with easier to read/search titles and keywords.
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      Jan 20 2012: Yeah, I was just about to say PUBMed.

      For press releases on the studies that are published try AlphaGalileo or Eurekalert but remember: "fewer than half of a sample of trials primarily or partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were published within 30 months of completing the clinical trial." And those are the ones with gov't funding, not the ones from corporations that will just sweep them under the rug wholesale.
  • Jan 26 2012: great idea, it is just a lot of research currentily but if places knew where to post all studys and the public did not reconize them unless post on that site it would have the credability. kind of like kelly blue book for cars or consumers report.
  • Jan 22 2012: Studies are frequently funded... to answer a question that benefits the fund provider. Rarely are studies carried out purely as a matter of scientific research, especially within pharmaceutical research. The academic hierarchy measures progress through the ranks of academia (and 'general worthiness', as an academician) by the number of research publications and the amount of funds raised. This, in turn, leads to quite a bit of meaningless, ersatz 'research'.

    Early publication of results in the local media is usually the reason for sensationalist news being printed. Journalists who wish to make a name for themselves will rush to have their byline appear under the article, even if it is untested or untrue, because it will be forgotten in a week. The following week some opposite view will be published and it will be attended by fireworks and a clarion call to adopt its tenets. That is just the way it is. Releasing sensational findings into the public domain is one way of putting pressure on academic institutes and getting them to agree to make staff appointments to a seat of learning, within the area of interest.

    Removing the vested interests would prevent sensationalist nonsense from being published outside of professional journals. Peer-reviewed research papers are eventually culled and the metadata and main findings compressed into an easily assimilated article that has been thoroughly fact checked. It will not appear in tabloid newspapers nor their equivalent in TV news.