Archive for May, 2008

Abuse of Statistics: Part 1

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Well, now is as good as a time as any to start my little blog.  We’ll start off with my favourite topic: misuse of statistics.  In my personal research, I have found that 90% of researchers abuse statistics (That’s a joke.  Laugh).

Now, on to the stupid!

Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Cell Phone Use and Behavioral Problems in Children. [via The Indepdent]

Mothers of 13,159 children completed the follow-up questionnaire reporting their use of cell phones during pregnancy as well as current cell phone use by the child. Greater odds ratios for behavioral problems were observed for children who had possible prenatal or postnatal exposure to cell phone use.

Exposure to cell phones prenatally-and, to a lesser degree, postnatally-was associated with behavioral difficulties such as emotional and hyperactivity problems around the age of school entry. These associations may be noncausal and may be due to unmeasured confounding. If real, they would be of public health concern given the widespread use of this technology.

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