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Playground equipment contains toxic levels of lead paint - Health News - NHS Choices

Playground equipment contains toxic levels of lead paint - Health News - NHS Choices | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
"Paint on playground equipment has been found to contain high amounts of the toxin lead – up to 40 times recommended levels," BBC News reports.
Researchers sampled levels at 26 playgrounds in the south of England and the results are worrying.
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Calls for research into health effects of ultrasound exposure - Health News - NHS Choices

Calls for research into health effects of ultrasound exposure - Health News - NHS Choices | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
"Ultrasound in public places could be triggering sickness," the Daily Mail reports.
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Exercise is 'most effective' method of preventing lower back pain - Health News - NHS Choices

Exercise is 'most effective' method of preventing lower back pain - Health News - NHS Choices | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it

"Exercise is the best medicine to banish back pain and stop people taking sick days," reports the Daily Mirror. While this may be true, the research in question did not look at treatments for existing back pain.

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Treating absolute and relative data simultaneously - Junk Charts

Treating absolute and relative data simultaneously - Junk Charts | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it

A friend asked me to comment on the following chart: Specifically, he points out the challenge of trying to convey both absolute and relative metrics for a given data series. This chart presents projections of growth in the U.S.

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Behind the Headlines' 2015 Quiz of the Year - Health News - NHS Choices

Behind the Headlines' 2015 Quiz of the Year - Health News - NHS Choices | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
In 2015, Behind the Headlines covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention, you should find this quiz easy and fun...
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Jeremy Hunt, the Guardian, and the importance of getting the stats right | Understanding Uncertainty

Jeremy Hunt, the Guardian, and the importance of getting the stats right | Understanding Uncertainty | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
On Thursday November 19th the printed version of the Guardian had the headline “Experts dispute Hunt's claim on weekend hospital treatment“ [online version here].
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It's difficult for journalists to get statistics right: the real estate edition

It's difficult for journalists to get statistics right: the real estate edition | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
A friend pointed me to a good article on the buoyant real-estate market in Boston (link). The journalist tells us the median home sale price in Suffolk County has gone up 31 percent in the five years since the 2010 crash. The article makes some excellent points. When it comes to talking about median house prices, it fails basic statistics. Here is a quote (maybe a misquote) from Barry Bluestone, whom the reporter describes as a "go-to mind" on Boston housing. He complains that "median home sale prices--the metric by which many people judge the market--can be misleading." How so?...
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Babies born on the weekend have slightly higher death risk

Babies born on the weekend have slightly higher death risk | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“"Babies delivered at the weekend are significantly more likely to die or suffer serious injury," the Daily Mail reports. However, while the increase in risk is both significant and an obvious cause for concern, it should be noted that it is a very...”
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Last line in antibiotic resistance under threat

Last line in antibiotic resistance under threat | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“"The last line of antibiotic defence against some serious infections is under threat," The Guardian reports, after researchers found that E.coli bacteria from food products in China has developed resistance to colistin – a polymixin antibiotic.”
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Is it fair that a single bad outcome should label a surgeon as an outlier?

Is it fair that a single bad outcome should label a surgeon as an outlier? | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“Surgeons are increasingly subject to statistical monitoring, and named results may be made publicly available.”
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Study calls for smartphones and tablets to have 'bedtime mode'

Study calls for smartphones and tablets to have 'bedtime mode' | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“"Smartphones, tablets and e-readers should have an automatic 'bedtime mode' that stops them disrupting people's sleep," BBC News reports.”
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Why Social Security Checks Likely Won’t See a Big Increase in 2017, Either

Why Social Security Checks Likely Won’t See a Big Increase in 2017, Either | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“Falling consumer prices over the past year means Social Security recipients won’t see a cost-of-living increase in January. And that decline will hold back any potential 2017 increase as well, even if inflation accelerates.”
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When science is ignored: Mauritius starts culling 18,000 threatened fruit bats

When science is ignored: Mauritius starts culling 18,000 threatened fruit bats | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“Here’s a depressing emergency post by Fabiola Monty. — I started working on this article to discuss how useful science is being ignored in Mauritius.”
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Seasonal affective disorder 'may be a myth', study argues - Health News - NHS Choices

Seasonal affective disorder 'may be a myth', study argues - Health News - NHS Choices | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
"Stop blaming SAD for your bad mood – it doesn't exist! Seasonal changes have 'NO effect on depression,'' the Daily Mail reports.
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The failure to replicate scientific findings

The failure to replicate scientific findings | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
Andrew Gelman and I have published a piece in Slate, discussing the failure to replicate scientific findings, using the recent example of the so-called power pose. The idea of the "power pose" is that people develop psychological and hormonal changes by making this "power pose" before walking into business meetings, whereupon these changes make them more powerful. As you often read here and at Gelman's blog, the fact that someone got a paper published in a scientific journal, based on a statistically significant result, doesn't automatically make it a believable result. Here, a different group of scientists tried to replicate...
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Sugary drinks linked to increased fat levels around vital organs - Health News - NHS Choices

Sugary drinks linked to increased fat levels around vital organs - Health News - NHS Choices | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it

"People who consume sugary drinks are more likely to develop dangerous fat that becomes wrapped around internal organs," the Daily Mail reports after a US study found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and increased visceral...

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“Best and Worst” of 2015 · News · Sense about Science

“Best and Worst” of 2015 · News · Sense about Science | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
Sense about Science ? Equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
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Failure to fortify flour with folic acid 'led to 2,000 birth defects' - Health News - NHS Choices

Failure to fortify flour with folic acid 'led to 2,000 birth defects' - Health News - NHS Choices | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
"UK experts are backing the call for flour to be fortified with folic acid – a move which they say would have prevented about 2,000 cases of serious birth defects since 1998," BBC News reports.
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Misleading conclusions from alcohol protection study | Understanding Uncertainty

Misleading conclusions from alcohol protection study | Understanding Uncertainty | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
The Daily Mail today declared that "Drinking is only good for you if you are a woman over 65", while the Times trumpeted that "Alcohol has no health benefits after all".
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New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend

New Report Puts Numbers on Data Scientist Trend | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
Data scientist - a job that barely existed a decade ago - has become one of the hottest and best-paid professions in the U.S. Companies say they need people who have the skill sets - both business and technical - to analyze the rising tide of data produced by customers and operations.
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One diet 'doesn’t fit all' – people 'metabolise food differently'

One diet 'doesn’t fit all' – people 'metabolise food differently' | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“"No one diet fits all," the Daily Mail reports. Israeli researchers monitored 800 adults to measure what is known as postprandial glycemic response – the amount by which blood sugar levels increase after a person eats a meal.”
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World Statistics Day: Stats, Stats, Stats

World Statistics Day: Stats, Stats, Stats | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“In honor of the second World Statistics Day--started to promote the importance of data--here are some links and Twitter feeds for some of our favorite statistical sources. ”
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Study suggests disability test link to suicide risk

Study suggests disability test link to suicide risk | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“"Fitness to work tests linked to 590 extra suicides in England," warns the Daily Mirror. The paper reports a "horrific death toll" from the policy of reassessing disability benefit claimants.”
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Normal BMI with a big belly 'deadlier than obesity'

Normal BMI with a big belly 'deadlier than obesity' | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“"Slim adults with a 'spare tyre' of fat around their stomach have a twice as high mortality risk than those who are overweight," The Daily Telegraph reports.”
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Educational Data Matter

Educational Data Matter | Risk and Uncertainty: measurement, management and understanding | Scoop.it
“By Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D., December 30, 2013 In the rush to get data about how students are doing on tests, we need a little lesson in how to use mathematics and, specifically, percentages. A case in point is a recent article by The Washington...”
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