Critics claim epidural study instilling ‘fear and guilt’

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  1. James Dickinson

    This paper is data dredging: put enough data in and by chance you will find some positive relationships )Ioannidis JP. Why most discovered true associations are inflated. Epidemiology. 2008;19(5):640-648. doi:10.1097/EDE.0b013e31818131e7). It is doubtful that it is even worth running a trial of this hypothesis, until similar relationships have been confirmed by other database studies. JAMA Pediatrics seems to publish such destructive papers: as they did for the very dubious paper about fluoride last year. (Green R, Lanphear B, Hornung R, et al. Association between maternal fluoride exposure during pregnancy and IQ scores in offspring in Canada [published online August 19, 2019]. JAMA Pediatr. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1729) So be cautious about what a single paper like this shows: very large population sizes enable trivial associations to be “significant”, even though not large enough to be important.

  2. John Van Aerde, MD, PhD

    First there was the measles vaccine-autism connection, now this. We are our own enemy! How can ordinary people interpret this? And then we wonder why the public distrusts or doesn’t understand science. Thanks for sharing, Ben.

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