junk studies

Junk epidemiological studies are rather like pigeons in New York—an omnipresent nuisance that you learn to live with and ignore and hope they don't make too much of a mess. It's too bad that CNN didn't have the judgment to do this. Instead, the network took what is just about the worst study to ever fly the coop and not only ran with it but also sensationalized it by using both children's health and the September 11th terrorist attacks as manipulative hooks. Shameless. 

The study, which (somehow) managed to make its way into a journal {Environment International) is a textbook example of "epidemiology by darts,"—throw enough meaningless data at a giant target and you're bound to hit...