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Understanding science

Learn more about how to improve your understanding of science, including interpreting research, and the science (and pseudoscience) behind it.

Understanding science

Studying Studies: Part V – power and significance

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

Understanding science

Lack of context may fuel spread of unintended consequences

A recent study on diet and prostate cancer suggests we need to be more careful communicating and interpreting information.

Understanding science

Studying Studies: Part IV – randomization and confounding

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

Understanding science

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.

Understanding science

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?

Understanding science

Studying Studies: Part II – observational epidemiology

The cornerstone of public health policy.

Understanding science

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?

Understanding science

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.

Understanding science

Welcome to the jungle

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

Understanding science

Success versus Failure: A stark juxtaposition

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

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