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Letters General health checks

Authors’ reply to Lauritzen and colleagues, Newton and colleagues, and Mangin

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4790
  1. Peter C Gøtzsche, professor1,
  2. Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, doctor1,
  3. Lasse T Krogsbøll, doctor1
  1. 1Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. pcg{at}

As our editorial explained, criticism of a clear negative result cannot turn it positive.1 Lauritzen and colleagues say that the trials in our Cochrane review tested outdated screening tests and treatments.2 3 This is not correct—for example, probably all 14 trials measured blood pressure and six trials tested for diabetes. They also say the trials were old, but if we increase the number of deaths from 11 940 to 15 103 …

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