Tagged: Doug Sellman

Independent is an interesting word - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 14, 2014

I presented to the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship a few months back with a brief submission on recent evidence on the effects of alcohol advertising on consumption behaviour.One pretty compelling recent piece of evidence is Jon Nelson's recent meta-analysis, published in 2011. The abstract:This paper presents a meta-analysis of prospective cohort (longitudinal) studies of … Read More

Prohibitionist Electioneering - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 08, 2014

The usual bunch has issued a statement calling for more restrictions on alcohol. A four-point "call for action on alcohol", issued today, has been signed by the heads of general and specialist groups of doctors and nurses, academic researchers and the heads of the Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian and Salvation Army churches.It calls on the incoming government after the September … Read More

More drinking stats - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 23, 2014

The WHO report on alcohol shows that Kiwis aren't that heavy of drinkers. Kiwiblog covered the highlights, so I hadn't hit it here. But there are a few things there yet worth noting.First, the report tallies both official and unrecorded consumption, so the figures are a little bit higher than the official stats I tend to rely on … Read More

A taste of success - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 18, 2013

Some recent successes of University of Otago Christchurch researchers: Chlorine bleach key in disease? Professor Tony Kettle from the Centre for Free Radical Research has won a prestigious Marsden Fund grant to better understand a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ chemical with a role in heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Kettle will investigate … Continue reading → … Read More

You need a common base to measure changes - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 29, 2013

Suppose I developed some new measure of how terrible journalistic reporting on health is. And by my new measure, fully 10% of newspaper articles on Stuff demonstrate a combination of complete innumeracy and absolute credulity. Suppose I then compared it to some prior, entirely different, measure of press innumeracy which listed only 6% of articles as being really bad in … Read More