Daycare lowers leukemia risk by 30%

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Daycare lowers leukemia risk by 30%
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Wed, 04-30-2008 - 11:15pm

Someone on another board posted this. Does anyone have thoughts on it? Thirty percent is quite a significant difference!

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e6217e73-51f1-4116-bb6b-d9eae1525dea&k=28669&p=1

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Fri, 05-02-2008 - 9:54am

exactly.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 11:10am
That is a hypothesis, as far as I can tell. They do not know the exact reason. All that has been observed is a correlation between daycare/playgroups and lower leukemia rates.
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Registered: 03-12-2005
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 11:18am
I agree that it is a hypothesis, but the headline presents it as a fact.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 11:29am

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Well, the headline "Putting kids in daycare reduces risk of leukemia" is just that - a headline. I'm sure there is a word limit for headlines. Any editor would probably consider "Children in daycare are at a lower risk of developing childhood leukemia due to the greater levels of early exposure to germs to build the immune system compared to children not in daycare and not exposed to high levels of social contact" to be too long of a title. The article was quite clear on explaining that regular, high levels of social contact (provided, in this study's case, by daycare) significantly lowers the risk for childhood leukemia compared to children not in daycare. Nowhere in the article does it claim that daycare itself magically prevents leukemia.







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Registered: 03-12-2005
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 12:31pm
Oh brother. Do you really think they have to put all that in the headline to communicate effectively? I was going by your headline which reads "Daycare lowers leukemia risk by 30%." Besides, news media
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 3:05pm

Thank you for the eye roll. I was assuming people would read the article. I couldn't fit the article's title "Putting kids in daycare reduces risk of leukemia", so I used the title that the other poster used. Never occurred to me to make the title whatever it is that you want it to say. Just thought the study was interesting, for pete's sake.








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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 4:54pm
The correlation is a fact, the infection/immune theory is a hypothesis for WHY that correlation may exist. There is no jump in the headline, it simply states the observed correlation.
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Fri, 05-02-2008 - 6:10pm

I hate the stupid lightbulb icon, but I had to share this:


This study supports something my DH's doctor told him when he was being treated for Hodgkin's disease. This doctor, who was also in cancer research,

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Registered: 03-12-2005
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 9:05pm
I gave you the eye roll because your post came across as condescending to me. I do realize that a newspaper can't have a title that is excessively long. I apologize if I misunderstood your intention.
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Registered: 03-12-2005
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 9:12pm
"Putting kids in daycare reduces risk of leukemia." That is not a factual statement. At face value it makes it sound as if anyone who uses daycare will reduce their risk of developing leukemia. If they add the word "may" it would be more accurate.