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David talking at the National University of Singapore

27 June 2017

Bad numbers in the news: how to spot them, and how to stop them This was the subject of David's talk on June 13th at the University of SIngapore. Some say we live in a post-truth society abounding in fake news and alternative facts, with a declining trust in ‘experts’. Certainly the media are full of political and...

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Bloomberg Daybreak Asia Interview

20 June 2017

David was in Singapore recently and recorded this interview with Bloomberg Daybreak Asia on the theme of using dodgy statistics to spin a story.

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Professor Theresa Marteau honoured

18 June 2017

The Winton Centre are delighted that Professor Theresa Marteau, a member of the Management Board of the Centre and Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, has been appointed a Dame of the British Empire for her services to public health.

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Is the media now giving scientists lessons in research integrity?

12 May 2017

Journalism’s standards of statistical reporting have been notoriously low. But they are improving. And it seems they might now have become better at it than the scientists who produce the numbers… Read full article on medium

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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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