This newsletter is prompted by two new studies on the impact of video games. These studies are intriguing – they both seem to show that gaming improves cognitive functioning. They also illustrate how good statistics can't save bad logic. Background Let's start with a simple…
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Messaging matters in the early stages of a public health emergency. Individual behavior is heavily influenced by news and social media reports…
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One of the minor frustrations of the information age is that health advice is frequently inconsistent. For example, if you Google the phrase "cnn.com…
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Last week, I shared some good news: Although COVID-19 infections are increasing, owing to the spread of BA.5, your behavior still impacts your risk of…
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The headlines are scary. "Hopes of Covid-19 reprieve fade as BA.5 subvariant takes over" (Wall Street Journal). "The worst variant is here"(CNN). "You…
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Imagine a computer that could detect heart disease merely by listening your voice. Sounds like science fiction, right? It's actually just science…
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On June 24, in Dobbs v. Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that women do not have a constitutional right to abortion. The Dobbs ruling is out of step…
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Would you ride across town in a self-driving car? How about a car that partly controls your speed and steering? Every year, AAA surveys Americans about…
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