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Here we go again

22 March 2017

Guest blogger Michael Blastland points out the misleading reporting of statistics in a recent article in the Guardian and discovers that this time it was not so much the journalists to blame, but the academics that wrote the paper. Read full article on medium

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The dangers of insecticides, poor statistics and over-enthusiastic press offices

2 March 2017

A paper published today in Occupational & Environmental Medicine was accompanied by a press release titled “ Exposure to certain insecticides linked to childhood behavioural difficulties” , and which made the bold claim that “ children with the highest levels of metabolites in their urine were around three times as...

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Bad graphics: manipulation or laziness?

27 February 2017

Last week I sent a tweet of a graphic in the Daily Mail. Since it provoked a number of retweets I thought a blog on the subject would be worthwhile!

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Does air pollution kill 40,000 people each year in the UK?

21 February 2017

Does air pollution kill 40,000 people each year in the UK? Air pollution is news. The Daily Mail claims that Air pollution is ‘killing 40,000 a year in the UK’ Greenpeace says 40,000 lives were cut short by air pollution in the U.K. , while the Guardian reports Air pollution crisis ‘plagues’ UK, finds UN human rights...

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How dangerous is burnt toast?

22 January 2017

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) today launched its Go for Gold campaign, encouraging us not to burn our roast or fried vegetables and keep our oven chips at a nice golden colour. The idea is to reduce people’s intake of acrylamide, a chemical that is “created when many foods, particularly starchy foods like potatoes and...

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Air Pollution Risks

19 December 2016

David appeared on Sunday Politics on the 18th December discussing how the numbers of deaths attributed to air pollution are calculated. It's available on iPlayer until January 17th. The item starts at around 25:25.

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Has serious crime really increased?

4 December 2016

On December 1 st a headline in the Daily Mail declared “ Revealed, the truth about UK crime: New official figures give more weight to worst offences... and show they're up by almost a fifth”, adding that “ The hidden reality of rising violent and sexual crime was exposed yesterday by a new official method of ranking...

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Communicating Risk Reactively

22 November 2016

Mike Pearson's Euroclojure talk about the project which created http://childrensheartsurgery.info - a web tool designed to communicate the risks of congenital heart surgery to parents and professionals.

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The new test for Down’s syndrome

1 November 2016

The new test for Down’s syndrome What difference might it really make? 1st November 2016 Recent media stories feature a new test for Down’s syndrome which the NHS is going to adopt as part of the screening programme offered to pregnant women. The BBC quotes Department of Health statistics that the new test is estimated to...

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