Some people have no shame

I'm always amazed at the things that some people will do for money. Maybe I shouldn't be amazed. After all, people kill for money. Sometimes, though, killing seems more understandable that what some other people have done. Take, for example, this Go Fund Me page: UPDATE: To further cement the fact that this is a [...]

Vaya con Dios, Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott, a long-time sportscaster on ESPN, passed away today at the age of 49. I remember getting ready for work one morning and listening to ESPN radio as they mentioned that Scott had been diagnosed with cancer and would be out of commission for a while. It didn't seem like a big deal because [...]

Talking Tuesday, Korea Edition: Smoking Causes Cancer (On Average)

Greetings and salutations form the wonderful city of Seoul, Korea. It's the Korea without the labor camps and despotic dictator-for-life, maybe. (Most dictators are for life, I hear.) Here are 4 minutes of me giving you a quick thought about causality and how smoking causes cancer. I was sitting in a courtyard at one of Seoul's palaces and recorded this. A friend and colleague back home said that there was a discussion in a class on whether we, epidemiologists, can say that "smoking causes cancer" or if we should instead say that "smoking increases your risk of lung and other cancers". She and I agree that we should say that smoking causes cancer, period, when talking about smoking to the public. If you throw in words like "chances" or "probability" or even "risk", the message gets confused. Individuals within the population start asking for their specific risk, or they think that other things they do minimize the risk. (Some people have told me that they won't get lung cancer from smoking because they run marathons.)

Baseball, Cancer, and Cancer Epidemiology

A tweep alerted me to this story from Philly.com about four Philadelphia Phillies players who all came down with brain cancer. The headline is interesting and eye-catching, in my opinion: Screenshot of online headline The newspaper staff had help from an epidemiologist from the University of Pennsylvania in analyzing some data: "The rate of brain [...]