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Archives for January, 2010

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Yet another cell phone and disease story, and while this one is on the “good news” side, it doesn’t reassure me:

BPA cardiovascular findings replicated

It’s been over a year since we discussed the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article on bisphenol-A (BPA), a high volume chemical used in plastic components of food and drinks packaging and found in 90% of all Americans screened for the chemical. It is also a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system, a…

WHO prepares to don a hair shirt

The finger pointing and the told-you-so-ers are out in force these days and WHO seems to be one of their targets. In the face of wealthy European countries cutting their swine flu vaccine orders because of limited demand, critics are claiming that WHO exaggerated the threat in league with or under the influence of Big…

[Previous installments: here, here, here, here] We’d like to continue this series on randomized versus observational studies by discussing randomization, but upon reviewing comments and our previous post we decided to come at it from a slightly different direction. So we want to circle back and discuss counterfactuals a little more, clarifying and adapting some…

Illinois is not a state I know well, despite having spent five terrifying days and nights in 1968 being chased around its major city by its (then) rabid constabulary and almost losing my life in the process. It was decades before I could bring myself to return there, but when I did I found a…

I discovered a stunning Youtube video via Boingboing, so consider this post just an excuse to show it to you. But as long as its title involves potato salad, I thought I’d reiterate some points we’ve made in the past about potato salad and food poisoning.

Via microdot at The Brain Police I learned of the latest intellectual(?) property/trademark claim. Popedom:

Seems like only yesterday

The decades roll on but we still have wonderful friends from long ago who’ve kept at it, who grew up to be true and courageous and with a joyful heart. One of them celebrates her birthday today. She stays for me, Forever Young. Bon anniversaire, Muffin, from me and Mrs. R.

My little ones now have little ones of their own, just barely out of their cradles. When this song was written, the prospect of global nuclear annihilation wasn’t far fetched. Each side had massive overkill. There are still nuclear weapons so the threat isn’t gone. But it’s not a threat of nuclear winter. There are…

Continuing our discussion of causation and what it might mean (this is still a controverted question in philosophy and should be in science), let me address an issue brought up by David Rind in his discussion of our challenge. He discussed three cases where a rational person wouldn’t wait for an RCT before taking action,…