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Those people that did not get exposed

Many blog posts on here have to do with a methodological flaw or otherwise a critique about peer  reviewed and published studies. This, in a way, is the result of science’s attempts to falsify and tests its  own hypotheses so that scientific progress can be made. I have to say that more often than we would  hope, it is made very easy for us to criticize studies. A good example is last week’s post about the cancer  cluster (link),  

July 2015

Read further..... Read further..... Back   Back Back   Back The Story that wasn’t one.... I was asked last week by Sense about Science to comment on a paper that was recently published in something called Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.  It was about a paper by Busby and de Messieres entitled ‘Cancer near Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station in Wales, UK: A Cross-Sectional Cohort Study” Read further..... Read further.....

June 2015

Alcohol Abuse in the Midsomer Constituency

It’s holiday period now, so instead of some difficult discussion about epidemiological problems,  confounding or, like two weeks ago the picking apart of a not very good study that made it into national  newspapers (well…tabloids), this new post falls in the category “hey, did you know this ?!” 

August 2015

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Can low and moderate risks ever be trusted?

A relatively short post this month, and it is also dealing with something we all know. However, sometimes  it is important to reiterate all the stuff everybody already knows. So that they remember them, and you  know…everybody actually knows them.  So welcome to the wonderful world of residual confounding. 

September 2015

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Medically unexplained symptoms

A relatively short post this month, and it is also dealing with something we all know. However, sometimes  it is important to reiterate all the stuff everybody already knows. So that they remember them, and you  know…everybody actually knows them.  So welcome to the wonderful world of residual confounding. 

October 2015

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Great News! The first “Fun Police Guest Blog” has now been

published.

The Fun Police is expanding rapidly. Indeed, there is now an actual guest editor. Dr. Igor  Burstyn has written a very entertaining post about flowers.   “Flowers” I hear you say ?!? It is indeed about flowers. Or is it..............

November 2015

 The Christmas Spirit.

The Fun Police on Religion...  I thought it would be a bad idea to write about causes of obesity - It seems to get people angry. And  given that it is December and we should all be happy (at least, that’s what the Coca Cola commercial  wants us to believe), I thought I’d give that contentious topic a miss this year. Instead, let’s talk about religion! 
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February 2016

 Experts. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. 

We were interested in what is going on in the heads of experts in occupational exposure assessment and occupational hygiene, and we used the most novel tool we have at our disposal of getting that information - we asked them....
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December 2015

 31/03 Having a closer look at the novel ‘Nanny State Index’ 

Today is a big day! Indeed, today is the day a novel metric has been launched – the Nanny State Index……  I will let that sink in for a bit... 
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March 2016

‘Bending Science’ & the Dirty Electricity

Industry

In principle the scientific method has a pretty relatively robust system based on peer-review to  ensure that any problems in scientific papers are addressed before the paper is published. This  methodology is not without its problems, but...... 
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May 2016

How not to die when watching television

Sometime last week the British, and probably international, newspapers were full of stories about  these new scientific data proving that binge watching (i.e. watching more than one  episode of a series at a time, suppose) is detrimental to your health. Pretty serious stuff...
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August 2016

October 2016

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Epidemiology: a canine intervention Dear Human Scientists,    I am 2.5 year old bull terrier named Dino the 6th Burstyn and I perused with great  interest your  article on “Understanding how dogs encourage and motivate walking:  cross-sectional findings  from RESIDE”.  ... 

January 2017

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Being Boris Johnson My attempt at a Neoliberal, free-market essay. It was for a cash prize, so give me a  break... 

April 2017

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 A meal to (never) die for

Clean eating, raw food, paleo, and, I‘d imagine, quite a lot of other such diets and lifestyles   seem to be everywhere nowadays; whether it is a friend telling you that you just “have to do  this, because…”, or whether it is in twitter, facebook, and tabloid “science updates”. Of  course, the most irritating one of these is the ‘Instagram diet’.... 

July 2017

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 Spy Novel by a modern-day Franz Anton Mesmer (and a bit

about low-level radiation)…

So a couple of months ago I attended a meeting to do with whether childhood leukemia incidence  in the vicinity of nuclear power stations could be related to radiation exposure or, well, not…  Unfortunately, the meeting got somewhat hijacked by a well-known (relatively speaking, in certain  circles) campaigner.
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February 2018

Ah Man! Does that cause cancer too?!

Last week a new study was published describing the results of a survey of the English general  population asking them “What causes cancer?”.
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May 2018

Electrification and the diseases of other causes...

In 2010 a new hypothesis was published that ‘diseases of civilisation’, including cancers,  cardiovascular disease and diabetes, were caused by the electrification of society. Recently, a  new book was published that builds on that hypothesis. Let’s have a look at some of the data  used to build that hypothesis in a bit more detail, shall we.... 

June 2018

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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.

August 2018

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 Slinging mud at El Diablo

The paper is entitled “Is there Evidence of Adverse Health Effects Near US Nuclear Installations? Infant Mortality in Coastal Communities near The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Station in California, 1989-2012”. That is quite a mouth full, but in summary the study looks at whether there is a correlation between living on a coastal side close to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Station and the number of children dying in that area.

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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December 2018

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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January 2019

Doppelgangers and the true costs to the UK economy as a result of Brexit

February 2019

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