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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 18:13

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Much ado about New York abortions

Anti-abortion campaigners in New York have recently been shocked by the discovery that 41 per cent of pregnancies in the city end in terminations.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 28/12/2010 - 15:00

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Turning a blind eye to the birth rate

Statistics are supposed to inform debate, and guide policy. That’s why we collect them.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 09/12/2010 - 14:22

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Do mothers’ mobiles beget badly-behaved babies?

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, I never travel without my copy of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 06/10/2010 - 11:38

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Can the odd glass of wine help the unborn baby?

Occasional drinking in pregnancy does no harm, report the Daily Mail, the Herald, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph today.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 20/09/2010 - 13:02

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Lancet asked to review controversial birth study

The Lancet’s  Ombudsman, Dr Charles Warlow, has ruled that criticisms made here of a WHO stu

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 09/09/2010 - 09:56

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More pressure to dump home birth study

A letter in the current issue of the BMJ (4 September, p 473) calls for the withdrawal of an American study criticised

Nigel Hawkes :: Sat, 28/08/2010 - 10:20

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Love in a cold climate?

There’s going to be a baby boom next month, according to many newspapers – the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Daily Telegraph.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 16/08/2010 - 13:06

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Angry midwives turn on flawed evidence

The Royal College of Midwives has taken a pot at the use of flawed evidence used to discourage women from giving birth at home.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 05/08/2010 - 08:31

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Wacky numbers on the learning disabled

Last month’s least likely claim appeared in The Times (9 July, below).

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 04/08/2010 - 14:18

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The Lancet, WHO and Caesareans: over to the Ombudsman

A formal complaint has been made to The Lancet’s Ombudsman over a paper on the risks of Caesareans that was the subject of a critical analysis by Straight Statistics.