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Re: “Vermont Leaders Make a Case for Opiate Prescription Data Transparency

Stella - Three things: 1.) Even though they acknowledge the older age of the Medicaid population, they are still trying to make the case for the general population. 2.) An example of "How to Lie with statistics" is particularly apparent in the "Changes in Claims per Opioid Patient" where the axis goes from <3 to 4 in 0.2 increments making any differences look substantial even though we are not told whether the differences between states is statistically significant. 3.) VPMS was devised as a clinical tool and should remain as such without any law enforcement input.

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Posted by John Searles on 06/29/2017 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Vermont Leaders Make a Case for Opiate Prescription Data Transparency

This is a remarkably inept analysis. About 85% of Medicare recipients are age 65 or older. Older individuals have much different drug use profiles than others. Most opioid overdose deaths in Vermont are among the 30-49 year old age group. Finally,the vertical axes on all the graphs are compressed in a "How to Lie with Statistics" manner. Presenting Medicare Part D data is extremely misleading.

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Posted by John Searles on 06/28/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Montpeculiar: Feeling Spurned, House Republicans Threaten to Boycott

How can Gershin's proposal NOT be a conflict of interest?

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Posted by John Searles on 04/17/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “LG Candidate David Zuckerman Vexes Voters With Vax Stance

Any film that involves Andrew Wakefield must be viewed as suspect. This guy faked the data that he used to convince Jenny McCarthy that vaccines were related to the development of autism. "After the publication of the paper, other researchers were unable to reproduce Wakefield's findings or confirm his hypothesis of an association between the MMR vaccine and autism,[6] or autism and gastrointestinal disease.[7] A 2004 investigation by Sunday Times reporter Brian Deer identified undisclosed financial conflicts of interest on Wakefield's part,[8] and most of his co-authors then withdrew their support for the study's interpretations"

"Dr Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia Universitys Mailman School of Public Health, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said: "If Vaxxed had been submitted as science fiction, it would merit attention for its story line, character development and dialogue. But as a documentary it misrepresents what science knows about autism, undermines public confidence in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and attacks the integrity of legitimate scientists and public-health officials." [

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Posted by John Searles on 10/26/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Economics 101: Burlington Schools Need $65 Million in Fixes

How about getting Mr. Obeng to move to the city to also feel the pain!

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Posted by John Searles on 06/30/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “UVM Launches Cannabis Speaker Series Online

Kalev Freeman is an Assistant Professor, not a Professor

Posted by John Searles on 05/27/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Backs del Pozo for Police Chief

Congratulations Chief del Pozo!! I appreciate the endorsement by Chief Schirling and in sure you will be a worthy successor. And please tell your family that we welcome you to the community. People like mr. Zeichner do not represent 99% of Burlington residents!!

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Posted by John Searles on 07/14/2015 at 2:33 PM

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