Medical studies muddying the waters are good for physicians who perform the underlying procedure . . .
Brouhaha About Metastatic Prostate Cancer in US
Medicine, and science more generally needs to come to grips with the fact that studies like these do nothing but damage the reputation of medical researchers, and scientist. This report was not calibrated to allow the clearing of the muddy water, it was either intentionally or negligently designed to muddy them.
I have been consciously watching this kind of poor science since the 1970s when I first began to notice that doctors and researchers seemed to be focusing on things they did not like, but which had only poor research backing. At the time I had no empirical evidence that the research was biased, but everything was pointing in that direction.
It was not until the early 1990s when I began litigating medical issues that I began to see a large number of cases where doctors were diagnosing wholly fictitious conditions, and I began researching these issues for specific cases that I confirmed my assessment of 15 years earlier.
Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
It doesn't matter whether medical, climate science, or something else, research is always subject to bias, and that is made exponentially worse when the science is politically charged.
The problem for the average Joe is that this makes it difficult to find the correct answer about things whether mammography, or colonoscopy are appropriate screening procedures. Both suffer from the basic bias problem but also suffer from the problem that the physicians performing these procedures become nearly totally reliant on the income from the procedure. As Upton Sinclair noted, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"
Physician heal thyself.