Tagged: statistics

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

Risky things - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Sep 21, 2009

I love the headline at the end of last week 'Wellington quake risk halves'. As if you can wake up one morning and find that the chances of an earthquake happening today are suddenly half of what they were yesterday just because someone says so.  What next - someone decreeing that summer will last 12 months of a … Read More