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Friday, May 02, 2008

so this is weird.

children who attend daycare or playgroups cut their risk of the most common type of childhood leukaemia by around 30 percent.

"Until we have conclusive evidence then we cannot say for certain what causes childhood leukaemia." -- Dr Carole Easton


Blogger May F said...

OK, but (and I can't BELIEVE this is what finally prompted me to de-lurk) there's a giant confound there, because in order to afford either daycare or the leisure time to attend playgroups, most families need to be firmly middle class or higher. I'd be interested to see how the study broke down in terms of corrolation with income. Sorry to be a pedantic git-- over and out.

5/03/2008 8:25 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

may! (what does the "F" stand for? flower? fifteenth? funk? fly? freak?) ... excellent, excellent point. thanks. let's bring economic station into the equation. seems blindingly logical and if i had been thinking when i posted that link, i'd like to think i'd have come up with that angle.

i love it when people comment (de-lurk, even!) and say something thoughtful. i didn't even bother formulating a thought/conclusion/insight but that's the beauty of these here interblogs ... i don't have to!

5/04/2008 12:07 AM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

The article says, "It is thought early infections may help the body fight off the disease." So, I guess the fact that my kids touch everything and then put their hands in their mouth is a good thing.

5/04/2008 3:22 PM  

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