Comments on: Saggy Breasts, Back Pain: Is Your Bra to Blame? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/04/saggy-breasts-back-pain-is-your-bra-to-blame/ The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:01:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: Star http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/04/saggy-breasts-back-pain-is-your-bra-to-blame/#comment-5172681 Star Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:16:04 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=287941#comment-5172681 The articles talking about this study have said "published on Wed". However, NOT ONE of the articles (I've read 10 or so) have mentioned WHERE it was published. If it's been published at all, it should have gone through peer-review, which seems unlikely when the researcher himself says, "These are preliminary results...The small sample of 320 young women is not representative of the entire population". Preliminary results? Not a representative sample? Not likely to have gone through peer-review successfully. In any event, given the caveats presented by the researcher, the very BEST you can conclude from his data (which, of course, we haven't seen yet) is that for SOME women, wearing a bra MIGHT be a problem. Since he's admittedly not dealing with a representative sample, his results (which, again, we haven't seen) cannot be used to extrapolate to the larger population of women, as he admits. This guy doesn't have a publicly accessible web page; no publicly listed email; and has only actually published a couple of papers, never as first author. I've never heard of an academic without a web page or email at their university. Being interviewed by a radio station and making claims is NOT the same as being published. It just isn't. Anyone can claim anything they want, and often do. That doesn't make their claims the result of actual study, nor does it make their claims true. Show me the data. Let me read the paper. Then we can talk about whether he's actually showing what he claims he is. Until then, skepticism should rule. The articles talking about this study have said “published on Wed”. However, NOT ONE of the articles (I’ve read 10 or so) have mentioned WHERE it was published. If it’s been published at all, it should have gone through peer-review, which seems unlikely when the researcher himself says, “These are preliminary results…The small sample of 320 young women is not representative of the entire population”.

Preliminary results? Not a representative sample? Not likely to have gone through peer-review successfully. In any event, given the caveats presented by the researcher, the very BEST you can conclude from his data (which, of course, we haven’t seen yet) is that for SOME women, wearing a bra MIGHT be a problem. Since he’s admittedly not dealing with a representative sample, his results (which, again, we haven’t seen) cannot be used to extrapolate to the larger population of women, as he admits.

This guy doesn’t have a publicly accessible web page; no publicly listed email; and has only actually published a couple of papers, never as first author. I’ve never heard of an academic without a web page or email at their university.

Being interviewed by a radio station and making claims is NOT the same as being published. It just isn’t. Anyone can claim anything they want, and often do. That doesn’t make their claims the result of actual study, nor does it make their claims true.

Show me the data. Let me read the paper. Then we can talk about whether he’s actually showing what he claims he is. Until then, skepticism should rule.

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