Monthly Archives: September 2012

Everything we know is wrong.

So I’ve finally just got around to reading John Ioannidis’ article in PLoS Medicine, “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”. I’m a little surprised to see it hinges on a concept which I was taught scant weeks ago, positive predictive … Continue reading

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Newspapers, smoking, and lies by implication.

edit: this started about statistics and ended up about smoking. Why? Who knows?! I’ve started writing a post on the anti-vaccination movement, but I’ve realized it relies on an understanding of some epidemiological and statistical jargon / concepts, so I … Continue reading

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Italian court asserts that MMR vaccine causes Autism.

If you put the words “Valentino Bocca” and “MMR” into google this week, you will see a page of headlines from news websites to the effect that an Italian regional court has just “proved” the link between the MMR vaccine … Continue reading

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Science: sometimes spectacularly specious.

In the third year of my medical science degree, we covered a lot of exercise physiology. If I’d had the sense to do statistics in first or second year, I would have paid less attention to that part of my … Continue reading

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