Popular Allergy, Sleep Medicines and Dementia: A Risk?

Responding to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine linking certain drugs to dementia, The Daily Mail ran with the headline: “Popular sleep remedies and hayfever pills ‘increase risk of Alzheimer’s by more than 50%.’” It’s not clear whom the Daily...

Climate Change, Statistical Significance, and Science

  A recent plea for scientists to “stop playing dumb on climate change” shows why The New York Times Op Ed page needs a statistician. Recently, the New York Times published an opinion piece Playing Dumb on Climate Change by Naomi Oreskes, a professor of the history of...

Is Precision Overrated?

  A historian of science strikes a Swiftian pose in The New York Times: statistically scrupulous scientists need to get their heads out of the clouds on climate change. But maybe that’s—precisely—where they need to be.   “He first took my Altitude by a Quadrant, and...

Can Selfies Save Nutrition Science?

  Hundreds, possibly thousands of health studies may be wrong because researchers ignored human fallibility   You may have never heard of the Energy Balance Working Group, but this collection of 45 experts on nutrition, exercise, biochemistry, and other related...

Medicine at the Tipping Point of Transparency

After two years of deliberation, the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academies of Science, has concluded that sharing data from clinical trials is clearly in the public interest. In a detailed report released on January 14, the IOM said the issue was not...
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