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Battling bad science

24 Apr 2014 Milad Moodi
Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.

About speaker

Benjamin Michael "Ben" Goldacre, is a British physician, academic and science writer. Read more about him.

useful language

consent  agreement about something
intervention  the act of becoming involved in an argument, fight, or other difficult situation in order to change what happens
bias  an opinion about whether a person, group, or idea is good or bad that influences how you deal with it
contradiction  a difference between two statements, beliefs, or ideas about something that means they cannot both be true
consultant  someone whose job is to give advice on a particular subject
placebo  a harmless substance given to a sick person instead of medicine, without telling them it is not real. Placebos are often used in tests in which some people take real medicine and others take a placebo, so that doctors can compare the results to see if the real medicine works properly.
placebo effect  when someone feels better after taking a placebo, even though it has not had any effect on their body
exclusively  only
manipulate  to make someone think and behave exactly as you want them to, by skilfully deceiving or influencing them
convince  to make someone feel certain that something is true


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