People had a lot to say about systematic reviews this month, and I had things to say about what they said. So it was all systematic reviews, with zombies and Goldilocks – but not in the same blog post!

First up: The Power of Zombie Statistics: Systematic Review Edition and then,

The Systematic Review is Dead! Long Live [insert preferred sweeping claim]!



New development in a continuing saga, It's a Start: The Amended Version of the Cochrane Review on Exercise and CFS. This latest installment is the outcome of consumer criticisms starting in 2015, and there's still a major overhaul/update to come. So it won't be over any time soon.

And more news, this time about search engines and systematic reviewing.





Tweets about a thought-provoking conference presentation about Google Scholar led to some pleasant surprises. Here's my post at Absolutely Maybe: Google Scholar Risks and Alternatives.

And a new trial made this question worth a look: Am I Going to Need a Smaller Plate? In Which I Juggle a New Weight Loss Trial & Old Systematic Reviews.






From June to August, there was a bunch of studies on a subject that doesn't get enough attention - and it gave me the opportunity to wheel out two of my favorite old cartoons! One's below. The post: A Double Whammy of Non-Good News About Non-Inferiority Trials.

A new foundation was announced with some fanfare, with the goal of reversing the dwindling number of physician-scientists in the US - and concerned with increasing diversity, too. Sounds ok, but ... My first post for the month at Absolutely Maybe: Is Gender Bias the Elephant in the "Endangered Physician-Scientist" Room?






Started off the month at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Lausanne, Switzerland, as part of a panel providing a crash course in systematic reviews and meta-analyses - with journalist Jop de Vrieze, Karla Soares-Weiser (editor-in-chief of the Cochrane Library), and Jos Kleijnen (from Kleijnen Systematic Reviews). My slides are online here - with a trail of introductory blog posts here. Jop de Vrieze wrote up the session here.

The Conference got me thinking a lot. And I ended up digging into steampunk for the cartoon for a post: Can Anything Really Stop the Science Spin Snowball?

And with much of the northern hemisphere in vacation-mode - and too much of it not: Evidence-based Vacation Should Really Be a Thing (ft. Over-Working Academics)!