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Some dude said I didn't know what I was talking about because, in his world, a small sample size with a statistical significance only gets more statistically significant if the sample size increases. He's also an antivaxxer, so...
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When I was a child, there was only one place where I fell asleep at night without any problem. Even at my own home, I had a hard time falling asleep. There were a lot of noises coming in from the outside, or some sort of family drama would seep in and take my sleep. But at my paternal grandparents’…
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I get very confused when Christians say they're Christians and then go do things that are completely the opposite of what Jesus preached. Case in point: Kevin Sorbo's xenophobia.
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Life is all about adjusting. From the moment you are born, you have to adjust to the world and people around you. WIth my new job come some big adjustments, and I find myself missing my baby girl a little more these days.
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I have to work tomorrow, early, so this is going to be quick. I saw a news article about a couple from Connecticut who are suing in state court because the department of health is publishing information on vaccine exemptions. The health department data can be accessed here: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Immunizations/School-Survey If you look at those data, it seems like Connecticut would…
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It’s funny to me that people spend time in their days to make up stories about me, living rent-free in their heads because they can’t accept facts.
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I've been at the annual conference of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists all this week. The first conference I attended was back in 2008, when I was working at the Maryland Department of Health as an epidemiologist doing influenza surveillance. I remember it being a lot of fun because I got to learn a lot from people who had the same interests as I did. This has not changed much since then, but things around us in the world have. Let me explain...
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A lot of knowledge comes out of Johns Hopkins University. Unfortunately, for many different reasons, it doesn’t get translated into wisdom... The wisdom to do something about the most violent city in the United States.
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When comparing two or more health indicators, it's important to keep in mind that they might be on a different scale and presenting completely different information. In order to make the comparison more accurately, you can standardize the variables' values and then create a Health Condition Index. So let's use R and some open data to see how this can be done.
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Modern software programs allow you to analyze spatial data quite easily, but it may be hard to replicate what you did without a detailed how-to manual and instructions you write as you go. Programming languages such as R and others allow you to write code and comments in that code, so it will be easy to follow what you did and reproduce it time after time.

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