Posts Tagged ‘observational research’

Familiarity Bias to Fuel the Soft Drink Panic Machine

September 5, 2019 — Every day we get practical lessons in the power of familiarity bias. Repeat something often enough and people believe it. This week, JAMA Internal Medicine is feeding the soft drink panic machine. “New study links all soda to an early death,” says the Washington Post. CNN gets right down to it: “Want to live longer? […]

Not All Plant-Based Diets Are Created Equal

December 5, 2018 — While many guidelines recommend plant-based diets to reduce the risk of heart disease, some are associated with a higher risk of heart disease. So says a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Comparing Three Variations The Harvard researchers created three versions of a plant-based diet: an overall plant-based diet which emphasized […]

Calories In and Calories Out. But What About Legos?

November 27, 2018 — It’s an old and misleading cliché. Obesity is [supposedly] all about calories in and calories out. But of course, different foods have different physiologic effects. And not all calories are absorbed in the same way. Hence the importance of the glycemic index. And not everything swallowed gets absorbed. So that brings us to today’s subject. […]

Longitudinal Research: Missing Teaspoons

November 23, 2018 — The curious case of the missing workplace teaspoons Once upon a time, a group of disheartened scientists found their tearoom bereft of teaspoons. Despite dispatching a research assistant to go purchase more – so sugar could be stirred and coffee dispensed – the newly purchased teaspoons disappeared within a few short months. Exasperated by the […]