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The Purpose and Limitations of Observational Studies

Emily explains the strengths, weaknesses, and ways to interpret observational studies. These types of studies can be useful for identifying links between things, and then generating hypotheses. However, the results of any observational study are strictly corollary, and do not prove cause.

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Studies linking diet with health must get a whole lot better

A research-rating system has identified gaps in studies that assess the connection between diet and various health risks.

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Understanding All-Cause Mortality

In this next video, BSI’s Emily Kaplan explains all-cause mortality, and how it should be included when considering any medical treatment.

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What’s in the placebo?

While placebos are meant to be benign, drug companies frequently use “active” placebos, meant to mimic the side effects of the real drug. The specifics of the placebos are rarely disclosed, and their effects may decrease the reliability of trial data.

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What’s Wrong With Peer Review?

The Wall Street Journal is catching on to the problems with peer review. Retractions continue to rise, with several high-profile pieces having been pulled in the last year.

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Part 2: Tackling the obesity crisis without drugs

Part 2 of this series explores how a focus on food policy could tackle the obesity crisis.

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