Media coverage of scientific presentations

Terry D Bolin and James V Bertouch
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04843.x
Published online: 7 October 2002

In reply: Aroney's letter raises a number of important issues. The first of these is the question of whether a scientific fact requires the blessing of peer review to become established as such. The corollary of this is whether or not all peer-reviewed facts are necessarily true. The answer to both questions is probably no.

  • Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW.


  • 1. Bertouch J, Lee L, McNeill HP, Bolin T. The impact of cyclo-oxygenase II (COX-II) inhibitors on gastrointestinal (GIT) bleeding. Poster 30. Presented at the combined meeting of the Australian Rheumatology Association and the New Zealand Rheumatology Association. Christchurch, NZ: 28 May 2002. Sydney: Australian Rheumatology Association, 2002.
  • 2. Robotham J. Doctors warn: just one tablet of aspirin a day may be enough to do you serious harm. Sydney Morning Herald 2002; 7 June: 1.
  • 3. Cleland JGF, John J, Houghton T. Does aspirin attenuate the effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in hypertension or heart failure? Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens 2001; 10: 625-631.
  • 4. Cleland JGF. No reduction in cardiovascular risk with NSAIDs — including aspirin? Lancet 2002; 359: 92-93.
  • 5. Hawkey CJ, Lanas AI. Doubt and certainty about nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the year 2000: a multidisciplinary expert statement. Am J Med 2001; 110(1A): 79S-100S.
  • 6. Sorenson HT, Mellemkjaer L, Blot WJ, et al. Risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding associated with the use of low dose aspirin. Am J Gastroenterol 2000; 95: 2218-2224.
  • 7. Henry D, Lim L Ly, Rodriguez LAG, et al. Variability in risk of gastrointestinal complications with individual non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: results of a collaborative meta-analysis. BMJ 1996; 312: 1563-1566.


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