What Does the Latest Health Research Mean to You?

When the media trumpets a research finding — a way to prevent dementia, a new treatment for diabetes, a cancer screening test that you should (or shouldn’t) have — it can be hard to know just how personally relevant the conclusions really are. Maybe it was a very early study involving just a handful of volunteers, or perhaps only mice. Maybe all the subjects were men — does that make it relevant to women? And just what does it mean when one drug is reported to be “50 percent more effective” than another? Reading, understanding, and interpreting health reports, and figuring out whether they apply to you, requires a critical eye, some basic understanding of statistics, and respect for uncertainty.

Speakers: Ann Bonham
Festival: Spotlight Health 2015

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