With so many headlines about scientific studies, it can be hard to parse out good science from bad. It doesn’t help that those reporting on scientific studies often miss important clues that can help us understand the quality of a study. One recent example – a study that supposedly linked low- and no-calorie beverage consumption and risk of stroke or dementia.
Last week, we wrote about some of the limitations of this study but a new article notes something else that was missed in the reporting of the study. The researchers skipped an important step – they did not account for the 90+ variables found in their data. This misstep was noted by the scientific community and called out online. The reason why it’s important? If the variables are accounted for, the study’s conclusion becomes nonsignificant.
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