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Causation

5 Essential Questions to Ask About the Zika Virus Before Accepting the Hype

Patti R. Rose | Posted 02.03.2017 | Healthy Living
Patti R. Rose

Asking questions about the Zika virus at this point is critical.

To Grasp What Conflicting Health Studies Mean to You, Master Key Science Terms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In the imperfect communication that translates scientific findings into public pronouncements, a thin thread of an association can come off as a headline that touts a sure-fire way to prevent cancer. But associations and correlations are not definitive proof of causation.

Understanding Health Myths, Presumptions and Facts

Rachele M. Pojednic, PhD | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachele M. Pojednic, PhD

In the scientific world, we live by the tenet "association does not assume causation." That is, just because two things happen to be related, does not mean that one caused the other.

Space Faces, Causality and the Origin of Religion

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.18.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

We cannot seem to turn off our pattern-seeking or cause-effect neurons. Sometimes the results are benign. Unfortunately, our incredible talent for seeking patterns and linking cause to effect has a dark side: We see patterns where none exist and cause where only chance reigns supreme.

What Science Stories Can You Really Believe?

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2011 | Home
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Be careful when you read headlines about new miracle cures and the wondrous effects of supplements. Study results can be manipulated readily, even when people are trying to do very honest, scientific work.

UFC 126 Draws High Demand on Eve of Super Bowl

Ben Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Ben Kessler

The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship 126 falls on Super Bowl eve, and with a large number of fans in Las Vegas for Steelers-Packers, demand for tickets is through the roof.