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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

My visit to prison and is a “low-carb” diet going to shorten your life?

Well, you can pretty much set your calendar to it. Another scare from the folks in observational epidemiology land.

Understanding science

Arrogance, humility, and the podcast launch

Good practice for docs to read such reports weekly—an excellent reminder of how little we know.

Understanding science

Studying studies … and Steve Largent

I can take you to the water’s edge, but…

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?

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