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Monday, April 25, 2011

Blog Updates for April 2011

April 23, 2011. We added to: Bradford Hill Criteria of Causation: The confusion in media can be readily seen in the reporting of two large screening studies for prostate cancer, the Prostate Lung Colorectal Ovarian Cancer (PLCO) and the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC). As reported in [PMID: 21446935] 23% of the newspaper reports concluded that screening is positive and 31% concluded that screening is negative. 78% of UK media concluded that the studies showed that there was insufficient screening whereas 57% of US media and 80% of Canadian media concluded that screening is excessive. Clearly one has to be very careful in reading such reports since there was no consistent interpretation of the result. This shows that it is important to be able to assess studies independently of the media reports.

April 7, 2011. In Prostate Cancer Calculators we add: This separate calculator will assess the radiation dosage received when flying between specified cities.

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