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Sex and gender in reporting health indicators

I am writing a chapter for a US publication, which has tables of statistics for males and females (which I refer to as “sex”).  The editor contacted me to ask whether I should be calling this “gender”.  This reminded me … Continue reading

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One of the world’s most influential scientific minds…..

I have been included for the second time in the Thomson Reuters list of “Highly Cited Researchers”. Around 3,000 researchers, in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences, were selected for the recently released 2016 list based on the … Continue reading

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An exclusive “interview”

Murray, the anonymous health statistician whose distinctive style of mischievous political graffiti adorns journals around the world from London to Seattle, doesn’t “do” interviews. The world’s most anonymous global health researcher has famously remained silent but for the statements he … Continue reading

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One of the world’s highly cited researchers!

My sister happened to notice that I was listed in the world’s 3,127 most highly cited researchers, based on publications in years 2002-2012. According to the website http://highlycited.com/ Highly Cited Researchers 2014 represents some of world’s leading scientific minds. Over … Continue reading

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Calorie restriction and longer life in nematode worms

A paper just published in PLoS Genetics has found that diet restriction suspends development in nematode worms, and doubles their lifespan. The study found that C. elegans could be starved for at least two weeks and still develop normally once … Continue reading

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Longevity and telomere length

Came across a New Scientist article last week about the findings from an examination of the blood and tissues of Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper after her death in 2005. Aged 115 at her death, she was at one point the oldest … Continue reading

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Peak productivity?

Its been a crazy couple of weeks leading up to the 2014 World Health Assembly (just ended). We were involved in the launch of four global reports with a substantial statistical input from us in a period of 8 days. … Continue reading

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