Blog posts by David Nunan

About David Nunan

Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Oxford and BASES accredited Exercise Physiologist.

CEBM Response: "Does physical activity attenuate, or even eliminate, the detrimental association of sitting time with mortality?"

This new study by Ekelund and colleagues reports that the increased risk of early death associated with too much sitting

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Diet Wars - Is There Any Hope?

“Butter is back.” “Butter is not back.” “The dietary guidelines are killing us.” “The dietary guidelines are good for us.” Confused?

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Doctors should be able to prescribe exercise like a drug

Here is a pre-publication script (version 3) of an article published in the BMJ (version 4) where David Nunan argues

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The Sharapova drug story: What’s the evidence? Part 3

This is the third in a series of blogs where I’ve looked at the evidence behind the banned drug Meldonium,

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The Sharapova drug story: What’s the evidence? Part 2

In my previous blog I looked at the evidence for the use of Mildronate/Meldonium to *treat* a 17-year-old female with abnormal

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The Sharapova drug story: What’s the evidence? Part 1

Many have commented on the how, who, what and ethical implications following Maria Sharapova’s shock revelation of her failed drugs test. Few

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David Nunan: martial arts, methodologies and mailing lists

David Nunan is Module Co-ordinator for the Practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare, as well as a supervisor for MSc students. He is

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I’m a Scientist, Get Me Back in There?

Twitter friends who had done it before told me to keep my diary free and to look out for repetitive

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I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

I really enjoy my job! Well, who wouldn’t enjoy being a guardian of scientific evidence about our health and healthcare

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"For One Week Only” - Diagnosing high blood pressure in primary care

At the 44th Annual Conference of the Society for Academic Primary Care I presented results from our study to assess

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The Good, The Bad & The Unsure

Happy 2015! I hope Christmas 2014 was a good one. It was my daughters 2nd Christmas and I loved watching

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What makes a good clinical question? A Fellow’s view.

Observation studies have shown that primary care physicians generate approximately 10 to 15 questions per day of practice (Covell, 1985; Ely,

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More than just learning

According to Wickepedia “The first documented handshake in human history appears on the monument of Kalhu, showing the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III and Marduk-zakir-šumi I

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Seeing is believing. Or is it?

Observation has been the principle of empirical scientific method since Aristotle, who viewed scientific inquiry as ‘…progression from observations to general principles and back to observations’.

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Cutting my wisdom teeth

“A man begins cutting his teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew” Herb Caen
This was very much my experience when teaching about ’Study Designs’ on day one of the Practice of Evidence Based Health Care. Active, enthusiastic and engaged audiences, in my opinion, always make for a better teaching (and hopefully learning) experience.

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