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46 Post author: gwern 17 May 2011 09:08PM

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Comment author: gwern 23 March 2012 03:23:40PM 2 points [-]

I think he wants randomized controlled trials. Which of course no ethics board would ever approve because avoiding aspirin in kids is not that hard or expensive, and the cost of confirming it would be too high.

("You want to test whether slamming your face into the wall causes pain, and doesn't just correlate with it? Why on earth?")

Comment author: aelephant 25 March 2012 02:54:22AM 0 points [-]

We have a plausible mechanism (confirmed by massive amounts of science) by which slamming your face into the wall causes pain; for the link between Aspirin and Reye's syndrome there is no such plausible mechanism.