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Euromutt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 07:16 PM
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46. "We adjusted for confounding factors" -- that's what they *always* say
I'm always highly skeptical that claim in any way legitimizes the findings. From having read quite a few examples of this kind of study (claims that this one is "one-of-a-kind" notwithstanding, because it is no such thing), I rather get the impression that the claim that confounding factors were adjusted or controlled for means little more than "we did some hand-waving and twiddled the numbers until they said what we wanted them to."

Let's see if the results of this study can be replicated, preferably by someone who isn't active in the field of public health. Replicability is the true test of scientific validity.
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