African American Boys and Autism

  A shocking reanalysis of CDC data claimed that African American boys had a greater risk of autism associated with the time they were vaccinated, and that the agency had covered up this finding. The study ignited a wave of conspiracy charges across the web; but...

African American Boys and Autism

  A shocking reanalysis of CDC data claimed that African American boys had a greater risk of autism associated with the time they were vaccinated, and that the agency had covered up this finding. The study ignited a wave of conspiracy charges across the web; but...

Odds or Probability?

What are the odds you know the difference between odds and probability? While not the same, the two words often are conflated in lay discussions and, perhaps, most ironically, in a recent New York Times article, How Not to Be Fooled by Odds. Numerous times, the...

Drink — and the Odds of Injury

A recent story in The Washington Post’s Wonkblog claims that that, by looking at people who wind up at the Emergency Room, you can figure out how often drinking leads to injury. The Post’s headline—”Study: Having just one drink doubles your risk of...

Food Addiction: Is it All in Someone Else’s Head?

  Are you a food addict? A major review of all the evidence by a consortium of European universities, which was funded by the European Union, concluded that the evidence that specific foods could trigger addiction was “poor;” but that the act of...
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