Daycare lowers leukemia risk by 30%

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Registered: 04-22-2005
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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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 12:34am
How is it not factual? The correlation seems significant.
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Registered: 03-12-2005
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 6:52am
Not everyone who used daycare will reduce their child's risk of leukemia by 30%. Besides their are ways other than dc use that can encourage the same result,ie playgroups, having other siblings,pets, etc.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 8:38am
Overall risk is lower in the daycare group. Yes, there are other ways to achieve this effect, as the article states clearly. The headline is not wrong, however.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 8:59am
Sorry, I didn't mean to sound condescending. I guess it was a very imprecise way of saying that I don't understand how the article's title was misleading, given the results of the study and the word limit of headlines.







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Registered: 03-12-2005
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:01am
A study cannot support an across the board reduction of leukemia rates of 30%. It may be true for a small representative sample ,but to conclude a reduction of 30% in the population as a whole would be inaccurate.The headline makes it sound like an across the board lowering of risk.
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Registered: 03-12-2005
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:04am
I don't put a lot of faith in a study tbh. Imo the headline makes it sound like parents will reduce their child's risk for leukemia by 30% simnply by putting them in dc. No one can say those results will be true for ALL children.
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:19am
Should we also stop telling people that stopping smoking will reduce their lung cancer risk?
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:28am
I do not know how large the sample was and obviously more study is necessary. However, the correlation is very strong. I have seen much weaker correlations reported as highly significant. I really think you are nitpicking here. The finding is significant and interesting.
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Registered: 03-12-2005
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:47am
I haven't advocated not telling anyone anything so I am not sure what your point is.
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Registered: 03-12-2005
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:51am
I think it is very good to look at "evidence" from a critical perspective not just blindly follow a conclusion. I think at face value many parents may conclude that they are reducing their children's risk of leukemia simply by putting their kids in dc. That is the point I am looking at critically. You may think that is nitpicky, I think it is smart. I am not dismissing the findings, I am simply looking at them from a critical perspective just as I do all evidence.