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Sifting Through Studies About Aging

28 Jul

Recently I wrote about my continuing interest in studies relating to aging populations. Now I want to tell you how I determine if a report is worth sharing with others.  This may not be how you go about it, but for an individual with a non-medical background who is neither an economist or a gerontologist, this is what works best for me.
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When deciding if a study merits attention, I look to which organization commissioned the study and how many people were followed in order to achieve the reported results.  For instance:  if a report released by the Coca Cola Company claimed that increased soft drink consumption can cure Alzheimer’s, I’m not going to give that report any attention. Same goes for medical reports that looked at an extremely small cross-section of the population to come up with the stated results. Don’t get me wrong. I know there are some hard working scientists behind these reports. And I understand some of the medical findings may be significant down the road.  I hope many of them will lead to a greater understanding of age-related illness.  I just don’t want to be putting out false hope (or fear) based on results of a small sample size.
I share what I deem to be the more interesting information through my Twitter account. I hope you will follow along with me. If you’re not following already, my Twitter handle is @judila416.

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