November 2, 2011

Bad Reporting: Soda Doesn't Cause Violence

Trevor Butterworth, Forbes

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Last week, hundreds of news stories reported an irresistibly alarming study in the journal Injury Prevention which claimed that drinking non-diet soda was associated with increased violence among the 1,800 teens attending Boston’s public high schools. The study was authored by economist, Sara Solnick from the University of Vermont and David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Youth Violence Prevention Center.

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TAGGED: Correlation Is Not Causation, Science Journalism, Media Bias, Violence, Soda


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