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  •  These are epidemiological studies (5+ / 0-)

    and yes, the field of epidemiology does involve rigorous methodoligal design. This is the same mechanism the CDC employs to understand the spread of disease worldwide, medical outcomes and prevention of serious illness.

    Aside from epidemiological studies, there is the field of "injury and prevention" which I suspect is where most of this research would fall. I have friends/colleagues who do this work and it has never involved animals. It involves understanding the mechanisms of risk for injury and mortality and the means of prevention in humans (kids in particular), employing experimental designs.

    With regard to epidemiology, those studies are typically the first step to identifying whether a problem truly exists because they involve large sample sizes. Studies employing experimental manipulations typically follow. It is because of this research that we know about the effects of primary and second hand smoke exposure from cigarettes, the effectiveness of smoking cessation programs and that prevention is much more effective than cessation.

    It's the Central Limit Theorem, Stupid!

    by smartdemmg on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:40:37 AM PST

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