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STATS Investigates

BPA: The Scientists, The Scare, The 100-Million Dollar Surge

Trevor Butterworth, April 9, 2014


Conspiracy, incompetence, a federal agency out of control. A recent Mother Jones story by Mariah Blake indicts the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a threat to science and public health over the way it’s conducting research into bisphenol A (BPA), the never-ending chemical scare story of the 21st century. Raise the alarm (again), stir the pot (again), marshal outrage (again). The Manichean tapestry woven by Mother Jones seems like such a complete narrative—the arc of a despicable covenant between industry and regulators—until you see the loose threads; and pull.

Building the Google of Blood, One Tube at a Time

Trevor Butterworth, March 24, 2014


The Covance laboratory, in the leafy Glen Chapel neighborhood of Indianapolis, is the center of a global network of labs that, collectively, is estimated to process nearly fifty per cent of the blood from the world’s clinical trials of experimental treatments. Last year, six million individual blood samples passed through Indianapolis alone. That’s almost a billion data points collated, catalogued, and searched—the foundation of a kind of Google of blood, which could deliver personalized medical evaluations at the prick of a finger.

Trailblazers in Sports Science Ran For Their Lives

Trevor Butterworth, March 17, 2014


How out of sync with our biology have we become as a species? We are, as a species, becoming sedentary.

are chemicals killing us?

Common Alzheimer’s gene APOE4 raises risk for women but not men

Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Tabitha M. Powledge

(April 22, 2014)


Patents and GMOs: Should biotech companies turn innovations over to public cost-free?

Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Layla Katiraee

(April 22, 2014)

Check out the Genetic Literacy Project- Where Science Trumps Ideology


are chemicals killing us?
Are chemicals killing us?

A groundbreaking study conducted by STATS and The Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University shows how experts view the risks of common chemicals - and that the media are overstating risk.


You can view the Media Monitor, Toxicologists' Opinions on Chemical Risk and Media Coverage, here.


Plus check out Science suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA

on the web, or download a PDF of the full report here


Sugar-sweetened beverages have become the focus of intense debate in the US as public health advocates and policy makers argue that these drinks are driving the obesity epidemic which is, in turn, driving huge health care costs. Therefore, many argue that soda is subject to a sin tax.

This analysis looks at the soda tax debate and asks whether the data adds up to a compelling case for either position.

Plus, Slimmed Down Sourcing: Media Coverage of Soda Taxes on STATS' sister organization, CMPA.

The statistics on alcohol abuse

Underage drinking is a serious problem for our society. From reports in the media, one gets the impression that it is getting worse ever year and that even casual teenage drinking carries with it devastating implications for our youth, including increasing the alcoholism rate of those who drink early and even death. Do the statistics support these stories?


Plus, The do's and don'ts of kicking addiction and treating alcoholism.

Dr. Rebecca Goldin

Data Demystified

The Nonsensical Economics of Hospital Pricing

By EconoSTATS Contributing Editor Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D.


Neuroscience Or Neurobabble?

In the first part of an ongoing series, we look at functional magnetic resonance imaging, and whether it’s really the window on the mind that some in the media – and science – would have us believe.

Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D., Cindy S. Merrick
July 16, 2012


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Maia Szalavitz

A fellow at STATS since 2004, Szalavitz writes about health, science and public policy. She is co-author, with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing (Basic, 2007). Her new book Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered is out now.