Monthly Archives: April 2012


Kitty and Phineas: Always print the legend?

Posted 27 April 2012 by Suzi Gage

Recently I feel a little like the rug has been pulled out from under my feet. I’m referring to revelations (uncovered by speaking to friends and when ‘researching’ (read: looking on Wikipedia) an answer for ’I’m a Scientist’ last year) about two of my firmest held beliefs from my psychology studies. Specifically, two case studies so well known they are simply referred to by their names. Kitty Genovese and Phineas Gage. These are stalwarts of (I’m willing to wager) almost... Read more

Mendelian Randomisation and the Prevention of Spurious Findings

Posted 19 April 2012 by Suzi Gage

Epidemiology uses statistical methods to investigate patterns in public health. Or, if you believe certain news articles, it splits every possible life influence into things that either cause or cure cancer (or occasionally do both). Epidemiologists investigate health outcomes in a number of different ways, ranging from looking at changes in whole populations to conducting randomised controlled trials (RCTs), testing one intervention against another, or against the placebo effect. RCTs are the ‘Gold Standard’ of Epidemiological research, as their design... Read more

Welcome to Sifting the Evidence

Posted 16 April 2012 by Suzi Gage

Well hello there! I’m Suzi, and I’m delighted to be starting this blog here on Nature Network. It’s a continuation of a blog Dylan Williams, Neil Davies and I began in July 2011. We’re all PhD students based at the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine. Neil and Dylan are in their final year, so I’ll be writing the lion’s share of posts here to begin with! Our aim in setting up the blog originally was to... Read more