Understanding science

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

The art and science of screen time

This article is about a topic that keeps me up at night (if Twitter hasn’t already done a sufficient job)

The placebo effect

New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine.

Reading, resveratrol, and coffee

On a lighter note (although likely a more contentious topic than the aforementioned Nature paper), I provided my current morning coffee ritual on Instagram

1 in 10 people lack access to clean water

There are a lot of things that I find “unacceptable” on a daily basis, but situations like this help put things in perspective.

This Bud’s for you? Don’t mix alcohol with epidemiology

“It all comes down to the way we used to study drinking,” the article starts.

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.

Arrogance, humility, and the podcast launch

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

Studying studies … and Steve Largent

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

Studying Studies: Part V – power and significance

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

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.

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