How Could This Happen?

[From the article “A Waste of 1,000 Research Papers” by Ed Yong, published in The Atlantic] “In 1996, a group of European researchers found that a certain gene, called SLC6A4, might influence a person’s risk of depression. It was a blockbuster discovery at…

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How Many Biases? Let Us Count the Ways

[From the article “Congratulations. Your Study Went Nowhere” by Aaron Carroll, published at “When we think of biases in research, the one that most often makes the news is a researcher’s financial conflict of interest. But another bias, one possibly even more…

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Another Article Takes the Sheen off RCTs

[From the article, “Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results”, by Alexander Krauss, recently published in Annals of Medicine] “Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are commonly viewed as the best research method to inform public health and social policy. Usually they…

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