Tagged: statistics

Speed Kills? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 03, 2010

Freakonomics cites a recent paper on road fatalities: According to a recent paper by Lee S. Friedman, Donald Hedeker, and Elihu D. Richter, the lifting of the federal 55 mph speed limit in 1995 was responsible for 12,545 deaths between 1995 and 2005. That’s about 45 percent more American fatalities than we have suffered in 9/11, Iraq and [...] Related posts: … Read More

Newsflash! Advertisers Lie! - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 28, 2010

Yes, I know it is almost impossible to fathom such depravity, but some pharmaceutical advertisers make unsubstantiated claims in medical journals! (/SARCASM OFF) Such is the conclusion of Ben Goldacre of the Guardian, writing on the Bad Science Blog. Goldacre is writing about a recent research article in the Netherlands Journal of Medicine “Are claims of [...] Related posts: … Read More

How do you measure quality of life? With difficulty - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 12, 2010

We always do well on these types of lists, the ones that rank countries on how desirable they are to live in. International Living's ratings for New Zealand (0 = bad, 100 = good) Our pristine surroundings, moderate climate, low rate of crime and corruption, excellent health system, reasonable cost of living and lack of state oppression have … Read More

Laid to Rest - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 07, 2009

It is time to lay the myth that cellphone use causes cancer to rest. In a Scandinavian study not yet published (but available online), the authors have gathered all the cancer registry data from four countries with similar registry requirements (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) and have determined the trends in brain tumour incidence over [...] Related posts: … Read More

Dead Babies - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 22, 2009

Stillbirths are traumatic. I am a seasoned provider of terminal care, so the dying process does not phase me, like it phases many of my colleagues. Even so, the death of a baby is horribly unpleasant and even more so when the baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. All that expectation of happiness [...] Related posts: … Read More

Just Don’t Look at My Liver - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 20, 2009

Sometimes you just shake you head in wonder at the complete pointlessness of some research… There is a prime example in the Herald today which declares Heavy drinking can cut risk of heart disease, says study. Drinking a bottle of wine a day, or half a dozen beers, cuts the risk of heart disease by more than [...] Related posts: … Read More

ACC for FREE - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 11, 2009

Well, maybe not. It seems like it is suddenly going to get a whole lot more expensive. Trevor Mallard seems to think that the government is fear-mongering. He, along with Brian Fallow and Rod Oram, seem to think that the ACC blowout is merely an accounting problem, a combination of accounting standards and poor investment [...] … Read More