These are the "best of the best" Methods Man blog entries. Start here to get a sense of what this site is all about.
An autopsy study reveals that 99% of the brains of NFL players had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Will this condition be the end of football? For the video version, click here.
If health insurance reduces all-cause mortality, in a causal way, then policies which increase the number of uninsured may actually cost lives. In this deep dive, we examine the data surrounding that putative causal pathway. For the video version, click here.
A "bombshell" paper appearing in the journal Anesthaesia uses a simple statistical test to suggest that a significant proportion of medical studies - some from our most prestigious journals - may be fabrications. But the story is not a clear cut as it seems. For the video version, click here.
A study appearing in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience found significant differences in the ways that dad treat their daughters compared to their sons. And some of that difference can be seen on MRI.
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This week, three studies were published that explore a potential link between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism in offspring. In this deep dive, we explore the nuances of the data to determine just how worried moms-to-be should be. For the video version, click here.
President Trump's first budget proposal came down hard on a number of institutions. But his proposed 20% cut to NIH funding directly undermines what makes America great in the first place.
President Trump has indicated he would like to see a major investigation into widespread voter fraud that multiple studies have concluded is non-existent. But that doesn't mean he won't get results that support his position. It just takes a little misapplication of statistics.
Dr. Thomas Frieden is the second-longest serving director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has announced his resignation effective January 20th. In this doc to doc conversation, Dr. Frieden and I discuss his proudest moments, his greatest challenges, and what keeps him up at night.
An article appearing in the journal Pain attempts to quantify the transition between acute and chronic opioid use. But the study misses a few critical variables we really need in order to address this national crisis. For the video version, click here.
We know that some medical studies are wrong. But how many? The number might be more than you think. And it turns out that a quarter, a street magician, and an 18th century minister might be the key to figuring it out. For the video version, click here.