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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Media Lost All Sense of Satire; Film at Eleven
I probably would have fallen for this:

Doctors Call For Redesign of Knives to Reduce "Knife Crime"

had I not received this just a few hours before:

"Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials"--published in the British Medical Journal

"Conclusions: As with many interventions intended to prevent ill health, the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomised controlled trials. Advocates of evidence based medicine have criticised the adoption of interventions evaluated by using only observational data. We think that everyone might benefit if the most radical protagonists of evidence based medicine organised and participated in a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled, crossover trial of the parachute."

Who said doctors didn't have a sense of humor?

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