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Confounding factors

Confounding factor

(Science: epidemiology) factors that can cause or prevent the outcome of interest, are not intermediate variables, and are not associated with the factor(s) under investigation.

They give rise to situations in which the effects of two processes are not separated, or the contribution of causal factors cannot be separated, or the measure of the effect of exposure or risk is distorted because of its association with other factors influencing the outcome of the study.

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... the other women, and the data were adjusted for a number of potentially confounding factors, lefties had a 40 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, a 70 percent higher ...

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by biohazard
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:00 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Left-handers
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Does my heart rate increase when I see and eat foods I like?

Isolate your variables...you might have too many confounding factors

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by mith
Sun May 27, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does my heart rate increase when I see and eat foods I like?
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... speed, coordination etc etc, you really don't want to have all those confounding factors mixed in. However, companies such as gatorade have a couple of examples of other tests(your ...

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by mith
Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dextrose
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Views: 1361

The Fiber Disease

... laboratory under artificial conditions. Although this can control for confounding factors, it may eliminate important factors that under natural conditions mediate the interaction ...

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by London
Tue May 09, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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