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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.

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?

Studying Studies: Part II – observational epidemiology

The cornerstone of public health policy.

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?

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.

Success versus Failure: A stark juxtaposition

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

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…

Good science, bad interpretation

In 2012, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study entitled Effects of Dietary Composition on Energy Expenditure During…

Irisin: The magic exercise hormone?

On January 11, 2012, an article was published in the NY Times Health blog section titled, “Exercise hormone may fight…

Narrative glossary

A list of terms, with explanation, and sometimes a little color.

Revisit the causality of obesity

I’ve written about obesity (i.e., unregulated horizontal growth) being caused by excess insulin, which in turn leads to overeating and…

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