Author Archives: K

Starting out with a dSLR

Recently I tried to show a friend how to use a dSLR, and realised that shooting on full manual is a bit like driving – after a while you forget how many things you’re actually doing at once. It turns … Continue reading

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Why isn’t cancer treatment X covered by Medicare?

Every so often I see a crowd funding campaign for medical care that isn’t covered by Medicare (in Australia) or the NHS (in England). Sometimes it’s for an experimental treatment, other times it’s for alternative therapy, and occasionally it’s something … Continue reading

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How (not to) to build multivariable models

Why do we use multivariable models? The purpose of statistical models in research, to put it very simply, is to help identify possible causal relationships between variables. Models can’t always achieve this aim – they might incorrectly identify a relationship … Continue reading

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To screen or not to screen

Something I discuss with friends and family occasionally is the risk / benefit balance when it comes to making decisions about things like mammograms or prostate cancer screening. This post is about screening for people with no known risk factors … Continue reading

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What is going on with the 2016 census?

So if you’ve been an Australian on the internet in the past month, you will know there is a furore in process about changes to the way identifying information (names and birth dates) will be used and stored after the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on getting fitter / healthier / losing weight

I thought I would put all general advice on this in one place since it seems like something people are interested in sometimes. This is a hodgepodge of things I learned during my physiology degree, from watching other people lose weight … Continue reading

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Lies, damned lies, and income distributions.

It’s been a while since I fired up the old blog machine, but this morning I came across an article so spectacularly misleading that I felt compelled. The link showed up in my Facebook feed with the preview line “America’s … Continue reading

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