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Ichalmers 13:42pm Mon 20 Feb 2012
I suggest starting from scratch with this section. I gave up cutting and pasting the erros about a third of the way through. Use bolded italics for questions Replace 'using a bar chart.3' by 'using a bar chart.' Replace 'If all 100 had taken blood pressure drug B, then ten would get heart disease or have a stroke and three would avoid getting' What will happen to 100 people like you in the next 10 years? heart disease or having a stroke. by 'If all 100 had taken blood pressure drug B, then ten would get heart disease or have a stroke and three would avoid getting heart disease or having a stroke.' And use 'What will happen to 100 people like you in the next 10 years?' as legend for the Figure. Reproduce Table on page 150 Remove (it's a vignette) DON’T BE FOOLED BY EYE-CATCHING STATISTICS ‘Let’s say the risk of having a heart attack in your fifties is 50 per cent higher if you have a high cholesterol. That sounds pretty bad. Let’s say the extra risk of having a heart attack if you have a high cholesterol is only 2 per cent. That sounds OK to me. But they’re the same (hypothetical figures). Let’s try this. Out of a hundred men in their fifties with normal cholesterol, four will be expected to have a heart attack; whereas out of a hundred men with high cholesterol, six will be expected to have a heart attack. That’s two extra heart attacks per hundred.’ Goldacre B. Bad Science. London: Fourth Estate 2008, pp239-40.