Baseball Crank
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August 8, 2003
SCIENCE: Smoke and Dust

Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, David Bernstein notes that the media is jumping to conclusions about a recent study showing lower than expected birthweights by babies carried by "women who were pregnant and at or around the World Trade Center during or after the terror attack": he's right that the correlation between low birth weights and exposure to smoke and dust does not prove causation.

Um, why smoke and dust? I know the article he links to rules out "post-traumatic stress disorder" based on surveys, but isn't it possible that women who were in or near the towers on September 11 suffered from a greater than normal amount of stress, fear and anxiety?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:54 PM | Science | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

I'm sure it's tougher to get grant money to study the obvious.

Posted by: Ricky at August 8, 2003 10:26 PM

Yet, somehow, not impossible.

Posted by: The Crank at August 8, 2003 11:34 PM
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