To Your Health

To Your Health : How to Understand What Research Tells Us about Risk

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The public is bombarded daily with reports about risk factors, many conflicting with each other, other accepted as "scientific truth" for awhile, then scientifically disproved, yet others questionable that later prove to be true. Physicians are faced with trying to make sense of those conflicting or questionable results in the scientific literature in order to guide their patients to the best possible decisions. The situation is not much easier for scientists whom ay waste yers of their productive life, and considerable resources, basing their research efforts on what prove to be misleading earlier research findings. What this book does is to present, in non "academese" and with many examples from the general media and scientific journals, a guide to a critical reading of research reports, which, in turn, serves as a guide to researchers as to which approaches are likely to be regarded with raised eyebrows, and what they need to do to generate results that will be take seriously. This stimulating and helpful book was written for informed consumers and physicians as well as for scientists evaluating the risk research literature or contemplating projects on risk research.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 170.2 x 243.8 x 25.4mm | 544.32g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous figures and tables
  • 019517870X
  • 9780195178708

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This excellent explication of research risks, how to assess them and how to encourage better communication and understanding of the meaning and significance of research is excellent material for researchers, consumers, patients, and families . . . The authors are articulate, clear and concise. It is most informative. I happily recommend it. * Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, USA * Helena Kraemer and David Kupfer have earned profound respect in the scientific community for excellent contributions over many years. They are rigorous and wise. This book reflects these attributes and accomplishments in a lucid, penetrating exposition of risk factors and health. It deserves a wide audience because it clarifies matters of great practical importance and personal concern. * David A. Hamburg, M.D. , Former President, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA * To Your Health is a clear, well-organized, and systematic guide to research about risk. This book can help clinician-scientists elevate the quality of their research and lead practitioners and the public to be more informed, measured, and critical interpreters of the results. * Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., President, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA * If you've ever been confused over the conclusions of medical research and their implications for changing the style of the rest of your life, this is a book that can not only help you understand how compelling those conclusions really are, it may even help researchers and the media who report such research to actually get it right for a change . . . and it's a delightful read. Except for Section 3, intended for researchers, you won't need scientific training to wade right in. * Floyd E. Bloom, M.D., Former Editor-in-Chief, Science and Chairman, Department of Neuropharmacology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA * Advance praise for To Your Health:show more

Table of contents

PART I: THE BASICS OF RISK ; PART II: HOW TO RECOGNIZE GOOD AND BAD RESEARCH ; PART III: CUTTING EDGE APPROACHES ; PART IV: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?show more

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