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    How to interpret science reports more easily.

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      BoiseB

      I have enjoyed John Oliver on YouTube I think I am subscribed to his channel or some other channel that posts his segments a day or two later.

      over 3 years ago
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      Ejourneys

      I also love JO -- there's been a lot going on this week, so I have yet to check his YouTube channel. But I will! Thanks for the link!

      over 3 years ago
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      Ejourneys

      Looooooved the segment! Was nodding throughout (have I mentioned I have a Master of Science degree? One of my favorite experiences in grad school was critiquing published studies that had faulty experimental designs). I have also transcribed expert elicitations, in which several scientists are grilled separately and anonymously for a full day on social policy matters under consideration, and they have at times critiqued each other's work. And trying to align scientific studies with social policy is a whole other can of worms.

      Recommendations:
      Tools for understanding scientific journal articles, from the American Association for Cancer Research:
      http://www.aacr.org/AdvocacyPolicy/SurvivorPatientAdvocacy/Pages/tools-for-understanding-scientific-journal-articles-___2BC59C.aspx#.VzT-IuSzniB
      "Odds Are, It's Wrong" -- terrific article in Science News:
      https://www.sciencenews.org/article/odds-are-its-wrong
      That replication problem Oliver talked about is something my former mentor and I were screaming about 20+ years ago at a conference. Another big problem is that all the studies that prove the null hypothesis (another way of saying no effect was found) tend not to be published at all -- only if something is "found."

      I also recommend the AWESOME Health News Review, which grades all those news stories and press releases:
      http://www.healthnewsreview.org/

      over 3 years ago
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    TXHills posted an update

    After my husband noticing cognitive and physical symptoms, my doc squeezed us in a week early, as did imaging. CT scans show tumors are growing again. Current med worked less than 2 months. We will a try an IV chemo with low side effects and higher effectiveness with heavily pre-treated patients. When it quits working, the doc agrees hospice is reasonable option.

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      TXHills

      We did look at clinical trials, more than once along this path. Just nothing I was eligible for that might help. Last combo was as close as we came. But there was no guarantee I would get both drugs in the trial, but I did by prescription. THanks, though

      over 3 years ago
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      BarbarainBham

      Here's a webmd link to Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods:
      http://www.webmd.com/cancer/ss/slideshow-cancer-fighting-foods?ecd=wnl_wmh_050816&ctr=wnl-wmh-050816_nsl-ld-stry_title&mb=JLgRK6NDvfGKQfZuEhXw1RXFE73IOX1c95UTMVFcOgM%3d

      over 3 years ago
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      BoiseB

      TXHills, I woke up at 2 an this morning for no reason but a feeling of the need to pray for you. I spent an hour in prayer.
      Blessings

      over 3 years ago
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