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Old 22.10.2015, 21:23
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Theranos diagnostics - revolution or scam?

Elizabeth Holmes (30) is the youngest self-made female billionaire on the 2014 Forbes 400 list, with an estimated net worth of $4.6 billion. Nice work!

Dropped out of chem eng. at Stanford to pursue her great idea of miniaturized blood diagnostics. So far so impressive, but the cracks are starting to show:

http://www.mondaynote.com/2015/10/18...erson-account/

Reminds me of the Schoen scandal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%B6n_scandal Young, brilliant, self-confident and (maybe) over-confident.

Looks like an ideal case for englishforum's crack investigation team (you know who you are): specialities Big pharma and finance!

So... fabulous or fallacious?
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Old 23.10.2015, 00:06
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Re: Theranos diagnostics - revolution or scam?

The review in the link is not so impressive. I quote;
The Theranos numbers have two problems: They deviate significantly from the Stanford numbers and, more important, they deviate from themselves over a 24 hour period. Glucose concentration can vary hourly, not so platelets or hematocrit.

Then he quotes the Stanford numbers;
Stanford Hematology disagrees:
— Platelets: 320, no concerns, come back in two or three months
— Hematocrit: 41.1, ditto

And then at Stanford, a day after that:
Stanford:
— Platelets: 297, a 7% drop
— Hematocrit: 41.7, +1.5%, up a bit, but not alarming

So it is claimed to be suspicious when the Theranos numbers vary over 24 hours but it is OK when the Stanford numbers vary over 24 hours

I agree "deviate significantly from the Stanford numbers" does not look good but I do not know how much variation in blood test results between different labs is normal?
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Re: Theranos diagnostics - revolution or scam?

It was a scam... Article by one of the world's top health policy wonks:

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article....icleID=2524161
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Re: Theranos diagnostics - revolution or scam?

And she is a billionare with a scam like that. What is it, do humans WANT to be scammed, or as the Germans say "Die Menschheit will betrogen werden."
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