This week in 150 seconds, I took a look at a randomized trial appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine that looked at how exercise intensity might affect waist circumference. The bottom line? Anything is better than nothing. The study was marred by a high drop-out rate, but this is par for … Continue reading
The full paper is online, but the quick version is that alerts for AKI did not improve clinical outcomes for AKI patients. Not a bit. What’s worse, in at least one group of patients, the alerts increased the rate of renal consult and the rate of dialysis. For me, this … Continue reading
A study out of Dartmouth and the NIH suggest that babies who are formula-fed are exposed to more arsenic than breast-fed babies. Here’s a link to the study results. For my commentary, in 150 seconds, click below: How Risky Is Arsenic in Baby Formula? | Medpage Today.
In this video, I discuss a recent article appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine that documents an emerging bacterial cause of sore throat. But should we treat it aggressively? Check out my video commentary: New Sore Throat Player, but There’s a Catch | Medpage Today.
We researchers “adjust” our observational data all the time. And we should But we often apply a simple linear model when we adjust, which is almost always wrong. Read more: The Methods Man: Devil in the (Adjusted) Data | Medpage Today.
In this piece, I look at a recent BMJ article that says that all the prior research regarding the health benefits of alcohol is due to inadequate controls. Cool idea, but is there enough power in the study to prove it? Check out the video, below: How Much Does Moderate … Continue reading
This study appearing in Cancer Prevention Research used an excellent dataset and really high quality statistical methods to show that metformin does not cause, or prevent, lung cancer. So why does the article and the press release focus on a small subpopulation? Click below to view the video: Metformin … Continue reading
A recent study appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute claims that coffee might prevent melanoma. Watch the following video to see what other hoops this poor data set has had to jump through. Click below to view the video: Analysis: Can Coffee Prevent Melanoma? | Medpage Today.
I’m trying to make statistics a little bit more fun. In this article, I use a near-death experience to explain the difference between explanatory and predictive modeling. Yup. Take a look: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/GeneralProfessionalIssues/49542
Here’s my take on an article appearing recently in “Stroke”… Click below to view the video: Hard Drinking in Middle Age Linked to Stroke