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March 03, 2015

"Why Oscar winners live longer than nominees"

Actually, they don't. Meet "immortal time bias."

February 28, 2015


Cool little free astronomy program.

February 23, 2015

"Low-fat diet advice was based on undercooked science"

"Damning report says the 1977 Dietary Goals for the United States should never have been introduced." So who do I sue? See also "We should never have told people to stop eating fat".

And see also "The glorious return of the egg: Why Uncle Sam is a horrible nutritionist".

And James Delingpole makes the important connection to climate change: "So Butter is Good For You. Just Like Global Warming, Then."

"The Time Everyone 'Corrected' the World’s Smartest Woman"

The short version of an amazing stain on the American professoriate.

(I think it's a terrific example to use in stat classes. There's even at least one entire book about it.)

February 17, 2015

"Chocolate & Red Meat Can Be Bad for Your Science: Why Many Nutrition Studies Are All Wrong"

"Compliance bias" is darn difficult to control for.

February 16, 2015

"My life as a climate lukewarmer"

Matt Ridley posts a blog entry that is intelligent, balanced, and just so sane. In my experience, that's pretty rare these days.

February 13, 2015

Big Al in fuzzy slippers?!

Yep. Proof here.

February 10, 2015

"Prevent Alzheimer's Disease By Drinking Beer?"

Needless to say, if borne out in further testing, this could change everything.

"Ageing research: Blood to blood"

From Nature:

By splicing animals together, scientists have shown that young blood rejuvenates old tissues. Now, they are testing whether it works for humans.

As Glenn Reynolds might say, "Faster, please."

February 09, 2015

"Why The CDC And FDA Are Telling You Two Different Things About Flu Drugs"


The discrepancy between the CDC’s assertion that the flu drugs can prevent complications, hospitalizations and perhaps deaths, and the FDA’s insistence that the drugs have only been shown to cut the amount of time that symptoms persist comes down to how they weigh the evidence. The FDA requires randomized clinical trials, the gold standard of evidence in medicine, while the CDC also relies on non-randomized reports. 

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