Alcohol more significant than helmets in determining head injury
A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine has failed to "find signific
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Crocker P, Zad O, Milling T, Lawson KA. Amer J Emer Med 2010;28(1):68-72
This study finds no significant link between helmet use and head injury, despite an apparent goal of doing so. It does, however, find clear and unpredicted evidence of a link between alcohol use and head and brain injury, which could be of significance much greater than the authors appear to realise.
Rune Elvik, from the Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics, uses the latest methodologies to identify bias and conflict of interest in older helmet research that has greatly exaggerated the benefits. Analysing more recent studies, any benefit vanishes entirely.
Frequently cited research regarding the effect of helmet laws on cycle use does not stand up to scrutiny
Cycle helmets are the subject of many myths and exaggerations which are often used to promote helmet use and laws
Reviews of papers that are fundamentally flawed and in which the data sometimes provides good evidence for an opposite conclusion to that advanced by the authors.
BBC Radio investigated growing concerns about the poor quality of much peer-reviewed research. There are strong parallels in research concerned with cycle helmets.