Today’s Baltimore Business Journal has important updates on the controversial “chocolate milk for improved concussion healing” study that has health professionals and bioethicists puzzled.
- “The University Maryland, College Park, has launched a review of an unpublished study that linked a specially formulated chocolate milk to improved cognitive and motor skills among high school football players, including those who experienced a concussion.”
- “The review will look at the conduct and administration of the project, the dissemination of the results and recommendations for institutional actions, according to a university spokeswoman. The university is launching the review “out of an abundance of caution,” she said.”
- “Academic research experts who reviewed a project summary and final presentation provided to the Baltimore Business Journal questioned some of the study’s methods, including relying on school athletic directors to administer the test and make sure students were drinking the milk. They also questioned why Shim did not require waivers from students or permission from their parents.”
- “While experts were skeptical of the study, they said it was impossible to draw conclusions about its validity because the study itself is not available to read. This, too, baffled ethics experts. They criticized the university’s decision to promote research findings before the study was peer-reviewed or published, which they said was not common practice among academic research institutions.”
- “Fifth Quarter Fresh is specially formulated to be high in protein and electrolytes, and is sold to college and high school athletic departments as a sports recovery drink.”