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Study questions massive deworming efforts

An unusual reexamination of an influential study from more than a decade ago has challenged some of the merits of massive campaigns to give inexpensive deworming medication to children, The Guardian reports. Granted access to the original trial’s data and computer programs used to analyze them, an independent team identified missing data, mistakes in the statistical analyses, and other problems that led them to conclude that although the antiparasite pills did provide health benefits, they did not improve overall education attainment among the treated children, as had been claimed. On Buzzfeed, physician Ben Goldacre explores the history of the reanalysis, and the so-called Worm Wars, as part of his continuing call for more sharing of data from clinical trials.

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