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4 Apr

David's latest blog hit the home page of

24 Jul

In recent media coverage of studies reporting that coffee could be good for you, the Daily Telegraph reported that “Drinking a cup of coffee may add nine minutes per day to your life”, while ITV News used the images below. Read the full article here.

24 Jul

Headlines across the media that were resoundingly upbeat following publication of an article in the Lancet. Read the full article here.

27 Jun
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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 scientific claims …

18 Jun

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.

12 May

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

22 Mar

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

17 Mar

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 likely to display abnormal behaviour.” But these findings are quite plausibly due …