Coffee is evil
Here’s a link to the abstract:
I don’t know. This is epidemiology, they used a food-frequency questionnaire, the effects are small, and the p-values are quite high (0.05). On the other hand, it’s a reasonably powerful study (n = 941). I just worry about confounders.
For example, I read something the other day claiming that the study showing an association between alcohol consumption and fetal development problems was confounded by economic status: the low drinkers were also the women who could afford better health care. Apparently, correcting for income level causes the association to vanish. So I wonder if there’s an overlooked factor contributing to the results in this study,
I agree with you
studies based on questioners have too many holes.
lots of unknowns and variables.
I like studies based on measurements and large statiscal samples rather than asking if a woman drank coffee during pregnancy and how many cups a day without a mention of other foods.
but I am disparate to blame coffee for anything
I’m a coffee and 2 pack a day cigarette baby of the late 60s. Being a Midwesterner, my mom drinks (weak-ish) coffee with every meal and at any and all times otherwise. Would I do it? Never. But my brother was 12lbs, my sister and I (twins) a total of 12lbs and my little sister was 8lbs.
I have an oddly high tolerance for caffeine and other stimulant type drugs. Not sure if connected.
As soon as they start using models, it’s over. There’s no way to know whether the model is correct, completely wrong, partially correct, etc.