Book Review

The Mesmerist (6.5/10)

In the summer of 1837, a French visitor -  the self-styled Baron Jules Denis Dupotet -  arrived in London to promote an exotic  new idea: mesmerism. 

August ‘18 Probably time to

bury it...

I have now looked at the various wild claims thrown around by the same author about effects of low dose radiation and a so-called bi-phasic dose- response association, and have only found errors in the data, problems with the statistical and epidemiological analyses, problems with the inferences made, unsupported wild claims about enormous risks ignored by “the establishment”, and now also actual clear evidence of scientific misconduct.
February 2019. The costs of Brexit to September 2018. John Springford from the Centre for European Reform on January 27 (2019) conducted quantitative analyses providing convincing evidence that the UK economy is 2.3 percent smaller than it would have been had the UK voted to remain in the European Union. This 2.3% equates to a knock-on cost to the public finances of £17 billion per annum, or £320 million a week. Stick that on the side of a bus ! Anyway, I don’t know much about economics, but the method used is that of comparing the economy of the UK to a synthetic one based on trends in other countries to create a counterfactual, and I have done that before. John Springford was kind enough to provide the data he used, so I had a go myself. Just for fun. So see what happened...

Book Review

How to be Right... (8/10)

Described as the 'conscience of liberal Britain', James O'Brien has made a name for himself as the voice of reason on LBC radio as he tackles current affairs, social issues and irate callers in a committed and passionate style.
Welcome to “The Fun Police”. This blog  and website grew out of the OEHScience  academic blog I have been running for the  past four years. The articles on here grow out of my daily  academic work in epidemiology, exposure  assessment and public health; just with a  bit of a spin. As such, you fill find this  website to be completely biased,  unrepresentative of any topic or academic  discipline, and basically just a reflection  of my interests. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless, and I  welcome any feedback.....  Frank  
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Populism (9/10)

"If you read no other political book this year, read  THE POPULIST EXPLOSION by John B. Judis,  which brilliantly sets out the connection to  present circumstances."
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December ‘18 Thinking about

time-series...and mobile

phones

I recently published a study on time-series of an  aggressive form of brain cancer (Glioblastoma  multiforme) in England and the likelihood of of  mobile phone use causing the observed increase  in annual new cases. Unfortunately, the interpretation of the study on  the website Microwave News was not, let’s just  say, ideal. So here some additional discussion. 
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January‘18 Guest Blog

A Wry look at dry January As a native Scot hailing from West of Glasgow,  the concept of a “dry January” always seemed  like a far-off ideal! And that was well before  ‘dry’ had any association with abstention from  alcohol. 
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