Posts Tagged ‘Irresponsible Reporting’

Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study.

Source: More permissive concealed-carry laws linked to higher homicide rates — ScienceDaily

Once again, “researchers”, either incompetent or by political agenda, mistake correlation with causality.  Dangerous neighborhoods beget law-abiding people to request concealed carry permits for their protection.  It is the dangerous neighborhoods that are the causal factor.  Concealed carrying citizens do not make neighborhoods dangerous.

Look no further than Chicago, where obtaining a concealed carry permit is virtually impossible.  Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, yet the highest homicide rates.  That example, alone, should tell the reader that this “study” is manure; pure garbage.

AuntieBS

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In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter — a natural brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and appetite.

Source: Brain scan study adds to evidence that lower brain serotonin levels are linked to dementia: Results suggest serotonin loss may be a key player in cognitive decline, not just a side-effect of Alzheimer’s disease — ScienceDaily

 

A lay person, or a person intending to mislead, would jump to the conclusion that low serotonin levels cause dementia.  We constantly see that when article such as “Cannabis users have lower IQs” and “Teens who use cannabis less likely to succeed in life”, and other such nonsense.

I am happy to present this good quality example from Johns Hopkins by the simple phrase: “Previous studies from Johns Hopkins and other centers have shown that people with Alzheimer’s disease and severe cognitive decline have severe loss of serotonin neurons, but the studies did not show whether those reductions were a cause or effect of the disease. Results of the new study of people with very early signs of memory decline, the researchers say, suggest that lower serotonin transporters may be drivers of the disease rather than a byproduct.”

True, they may believe that the reductions are causal, based on other studies, but they do NOT jump to conclusions like so many biased cannabis reports that strike sour notes with me.   I wish more researchers were wiser and more forthcoming when finding correlations, when causality has not been established, instead of foisting propaganda and lies.

AuntieBS

Adults in the UK who have poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight and obese and have poorer metabolic health, according to a new study.

Source: Insufficient sleep may be adding to your waistline — ScienceDaily

 

This is another example of bad science: lack of causality.  Could poor eating habits contribute to poor sleep?  What about stressful jobs, contributing to both?  At least they admitted “Other studies have suggested that shortened sleep can lead to poor dietary choices.”

They also said, “Interestingly, the study did not find any relationship between shortened sleep and a less healthy diet — a fact that surprised the researchers.”  Well, what about an underlying stressor (work, life) making one eat excess “healthy diet” and poor sleep?  I could go on and on about this, but of course this is a summary and I haven’t the time to study the details of the methodology, but simply want to caution my readers about accepting others’ jumps to conclusions, and always consider CAUSALITY.

AuntieBS

More than 130,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgeries take place each year with the majority of patients not requiring pain medication after three months post-operatively. However, researchers have found that those patients who were filling opioid prescriptions prior to surgery were 10 times more likely to be filling prescriptions five months after surgery.

Source: Patients taking opioids prior to ACL surgery more likely to be on pain medications longer — ScienceDaily

 

That brilliance could be read, “Patients who have lower thresholds of pain and/or more extensive ACL damage,  are more likely to use opiates longer”.  Well, DUH!  Where is the causality?  Are people in greater pain more likely to take opiates before surgery, as well as for longer after?  This may be the causal factor vs the implication that if we withhold pain relief until after surgery, it will toughen people to do without pain relief quicker.  Puh-lease.  They are not determining the causal factor here.  Bad study.

AuntieBS

According to a comprehensive review by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, “few marijuana users become dependent” upon pot. By contrast, those who drink alcohol are nearly twice as likely to do so problematically. Nonetheless, over half of all young people admitted to drug treatment programs are there for their involvement with marijuana, and this percentage is steadily rising. So what’s going on?

Source: Blowing the Lid off of the ‘Marijuana Treatment’ Racket | Alternet

 

AuntieBS wrote about this scam in the past.  Some crooked person sets up a “Marijuana Rehab Facility”, then offers kickbacks to schools and law enforcement, who then give some kid caught with a joint a choice:  Jail or rehab.  The kid will, of course, choose the rehab.  Then, the scammer cites “Marijuana addiction rehab up 70%” or some nonsense, validating the “addictive” and/or “problematic” nature of marijuana.  It’s BS.

AuntieBS

College students attending an Oregon university are using more marijuana now that the drug is legal for recreational use, but the increase is largely among students who also report recent heavy use of alcohol, a new study has found.

Source: Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds — ScienceDaily

 

I wonder how much Big Pharma paid for that brilliant revelation.  Let’s see, something is illegal– do I report that I use it or just keep quiet about it.  Or maybe I follow the laws and don’t use it.  Then, it is legalized, so I feel freer to report that I use it and certainly might indulge in it.  Any surprises?  Could anyone have not predicted that outcome?  The same could have been predicted about alcohol after Prohibition was lifted, or likely most ANY product that is suddenly found on store shelves.

What is not yet said is how problematic behavior is affected.  How many car accidents?  OD’s from alcohol or opiates?  Assaults?  Burglaries?  Shootings?  What is the overall effect on society from the legalization?

AuntieBS

Researchers have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood. The study also found cannabis use was associated with harmful drinking and smoking.

Source: Teen cannabis use and illicit drug use in early adulthood linked: One in 5 adolescents at risk of tobacco dependency, harmful alcohol consumption and illicit drug use — ScienceDaily

It is amazing that this garbage gets published.  It would be akin to “Blind Kids less likely to see as adults”.  What is the CAUSALITY?  This paper would lead naive readers to think that teen cannabis use causes illicit drug use in adults.  But, how about teens who hang with the wrong crowds, who have lack of parental involvement, who may be flunking classes, who may have lower IQs, who may be struggling in school, who may disregard laws and prudence and use illicit cannabis and other drugs as teens as well as other illicit drugs later in life?

Time and time again, follow-up studies disprove the implications when CAUSALITY is considered.  More often than not, socio-economic conditions and IQ’s are the underlying causal factors which drive various conditions mistakenly attributed to cannabis.

AuntieBS