Quick Thoughts

Confirmation bias in JAMA Psychiatry article concerning neighborhood-level variation in risk of psychosis

This article represents a good teaching example of confirmation bias, whereby weak findings are interpreted as consistent with the dominant view in the literature.

A skeptical look at a study of acupuncture delivered in emergency rooms [updated]

Why an expensive, flawed, misrepresented trial of acupuncture in emergency rooms provided no evidence that acupuncture is effective in controlling pain.

Should NIH pull the plug on underperforming big ideas?

If NIH priorities do not demonstrate payoffs in reduced morbidity and mortality, should they be defunded?

Health misinformation in the news: The role of the scholarly community

Academics should be made accountable for exaggerated claims in their press releases.

Couch potato shaming: New York Times’ click bait, fear mongering campaign against sedentary behavior

Why the New York Times is trying to scare you about being a couch potato

Who’s to blame for inaccurate media coverage of study of therapy for persons with schizophrenia?

“I’m in competition with literally hundreds of stories every day, political and economic stories of compelling interest…we have to almost overstate, we have to come as close as we came within the boundaries of truth to dramatic, compelling statement. A weak statement will go no place.” —-Journalist interviewed for JA Winsten, Science and media: the […]