Francisomycin, my new natural anti-atherosclerotic antibiotic, has now been published in NEJM to reduce atherosclerosis by 173 arbitrary units (p=0.03).
I am really, really pleased with the result and the fact that I have the patent on this magical stuff.
What does p=0.03 mean?
A. 3% of pts had reduced atherosclerosis?
B. 97% of pts had reduced atherosclerosis?
C. If a drug is ineffective, 3% chance that it produces an effect this extreme.
D. 3% probability that THIS drug is ineffective, i.e. that these results occurred by chance
If you want to kill people, the most effective way to do this in the modern era (since gun laws and annoying people like the Police will make things awkward) is to persuade people to stop (or never start) a statin.
Over the long term, 1 in 10 will be killed by that choice.
You can even write books about it and make money.
And be seen as a crusader against a crooked medicogovernmental conspiracy.
The internet is a good place to operate, because most lay people can't distinguish scientific reasoning from pseudoscience, and because ...
Heh heh, the Amazing Yuripridio, world-conquering hypnotist
But we must be careful on this. I have a PhD student at #ORBITA hq called Frances Wood. I met her first as a manager in a research unit a few years ago. She was the nicest, kindest person there, who would always make me tea when I visited anyone in the unit.
By and by, she wrote a PhD proposal with me. She was a trained nurse, as many of that unit's staff are. But when we submitted the grant, I discovered in her CV that she was also secretly a trained psychologist.