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Studying Studies: Part V – power and significance

Studies can be statistically powerful and significant, but practically weak and meaningless (and vice versa).

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Studying Studies: Part IV – randomization and confounding

Randomization helps us in our quest to not fool ourselves. Confounding? Not so much.

Philosophiae naturalis

Is red meat killing us?

I wrote this post almost six years ago (March 21, 2012), but it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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Studying Studies: Part III – the motivation for observational studies

If randomized-controlled trials are considered the gold standard for establishing reliable knowledge, why do we see so many observational studies in public health?

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Studying Studies: Part II – observational epidemiology

The cornerstone of public health policy.

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Why we’re not wired to think scientifically (and what can be done about it)

What is it about being human that conflicts with being scientific?

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Studying Studies: Part I – relative risk vs. absolute risk

Reporting relative risk values alone can be inappropriate and misleading for the individual and the public.

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Welcome to the jungle

We’re going deep: in-depth articles, interviews, and videos covering cancer, heart disease, dementia, fasting, sleep, stress, and more.

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Success versus Failure: A stark juxtaposition

What does winning, and losing, look like when confronting public health issues?

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How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us?

There aren’t too many topics that really get me riled up anymore.  I’m too old and too busy to care about debating the merits of stem cell research, the legalization of marijuana, or Proposition 8.  Sure, I have strong opinions on all of these topics and more, but they are just that – opinions.  Furthermore,…

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