Pop-Science / Shameless Research

Just in case you think that “research” carried out at academic institutions is automatically “legitimate” –

 

Frequent sauna bathing may protect men against dementia, Finnish study suggests December 16, 2016, University of Eastern Finland / Summary: Frequent sauna bathing may reduce the risk of dementia, suggests a recent study in Finland. In a 20-year follow-up, men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those taking a sauna once a week. The association between sauna bathing and dementia risk has not been previously investigated. (For good reason – spurious correlation) Assumptions: 100 % of men with dementia are diagnosed, and if not, those who haven’t been diagnosed would conform to the sauna study “results”. There are no contributing variables in dementia other than “taking saunas” – no genetics, no behaviors, nor environmental factors. If you grossly simplify variables to the “one” variable that you’ve already decided is “the primary link” then that variable (“sauna-taking frequency”) is the one your study will “find”. 

Men should avoid rock music when playing board games, say scientists December 12, 2016, Imperial College London /  Summary: Mozart may enhance a man’s performance in board games – while AC/DC may hinder their chances, according to new research. (Is this really worthy of the Imperial College, or any academic institution?)

Uncombable (not able to be combed) hair gene discovered, November 17, 2016, Universität Bonn / Summary: Some children suffer from completely tangled hair, which cannot be combed at all. In German, the phenomenon bears the apt name “uncombable hair syndrome” or even “Struwwelpeter syndrome”. Researchers have identified mutations in three genes that are responsible for this. (Who knew? Turns out this affects maybe 100 humans on the planet and “sufferers” don’t think it’s all that tragic.) 

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Wow! Daylight savings causes more mayhem than Satan!

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Switching to daylight saving time may lead to harsher legal sentences December 14, 2016, Association for Psychological Science / Summary: Judges in the United States tend to give defendants longer sentences the day after switching to daylight saving time compared with other days of the year, according to new research. (OMG! What if DS change occurs on a Saturday? Sunday as the day of “vengeance” (and days when court is not in session) wrecks this observation)

The transition from daylight saving time to standard time leads to depressions October 27, 2016, Aarhus University / Summary: The number of people diagnosed with depression at psychiatric hospitals increases immediately after the transition from daylight saving time to standard time, concludes new research. The increase in “number of” depressed patients in (some) psychiatric hospitals is not scientifically measurable or repeatable. The phenomenon depends on a subjective opinion of by someone about “who is depressed”; is not extendable to ALL institutions (don’t forget that in the U.S., nearly half of prisoners in jails and prisons are psychiatric patients), nor does it include “depressed” individuals in general. The real danger of popularization of studies like this is “implied” GENERALIZATION to include people not remotely covered by a bogus “study” that is anecdotal and popular for “self-diagnosing” readers.

Does daylight saving time increase risk of stroke? February 29, 2016, American Academy of Neurology (AAN) /  Summary: Turning the clock ahead or back one hour during daylight saving time transitions may be tied to an increased risk of ischemic stroke, but only temporarily (!) according to a preliminary study. (“Magical thinking”)

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What your choice of smartphone says about you November 21, 2016, Lancaster University / Summary: Android users are more honest than iPhone users say psychologists, in a study published this week which is the first to find a link between personality and smartphone type. (Any chance that Motorola, HTC, Samsung and Sony, Acer, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, LG and ZTE, who have all made Android phones (and tablets) paid for this research?)

High-fat dairy products linked to reduced type 2 diabetes risk April 2, 2015, Lund University /  Summary: Consumption of high-fat yoghurt and cheese are linked to a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as a fifth, according to new research. High meat consumption, on the other hand, is linked to a higher risk. (Do you think that dairy producers may have paid for this research? Risk assessment is notoriously unreliable, so it’s become an extremely popular “evasive” tool. LOL)

Note: There’s no doubt that Science Daily “selects” research to highlight on their website based on popularity algorithms, but, for someone like me, it still offers a huge service: quick access to “research” being funded at institutions, famous and not so famous, that falls into both legitimate academic work AND bogus, fraudulent, incompetent and “rigged” studies paid for by corporations and industry groups – with “outcomes” dictated by the funder. These studies offer insight into the use of “spurious correlations” – coincidence, outright lies and hedge words, no causal proof, but implied “results” (especially “risk”) in order to sell products and to grab the attention of internet seekers who are science illiterates.

The phrase “Scientists say…” refers to those handy, hard-working and imaginary “science elves” who are recruited to produce whopping lies about unethical, industry-paid, and just plain idiotic “studies” –

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4 thoughts on “Pop-Science / Shameless Research

  1. “The connections say…” (William s. Burroughs.)

    While I’ve never used street drugs (due largely to being a hitherto undiagnosed autist) I did become enslaved to the pushers-with-medical-degrees for some years; and when I got off ‘cold buzzard’ (cold turkey is too romantic a term for what I endured!) I had a long-experienced ex-junky tell me I was ‘jonesing’.

    Now if your psych-drug withdrawal symptoms cause ‘an alter Schmecker’ to make that kind of a comment – it is likely you know ***something*** about a ***portion*** of ‘the junk universe’.

    No, not the (supposedly) good part. That’s reserved for Normies. They get to ‘feel the nods’ or whatever. (And not the horrors. Why would anyone wish THOSE?)

    I mean the ×worst× parts.

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    • “Medications” aimed at “mental disturbance” are a risky business; sometimes medication is effective for immediate emergency. But – the wholesale drugging of children especially is criminal: “legal” drug dealers, pushers are extremely careless, self-serving and remorseless in their “drive” for easy profit. Human suffering is a “market place commodity” –

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