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"..have lighted fools the way to dusty death". That was one Scottish king's take on the past, according to our Will. Put that with the knowledge that a lie will go round the world while the truth is pulling its boots on, and you get a flavour of this 10th anniversary issue of Bandolier.

We visit myths and legends: those things stated with conviction, but for which there is little fact, or where facts tell us otherwise. Bandolier is remiss in not doing more about myths and legends. Perhaps we concentrate too much on evidence, instead of scotching and killing snakes of myths and legends.

























This month, then, we start a mythbuster series with two examples. One is that ibuprofen does not work in women. A second is the suggestion that heart attacks and strokes are more severe in people who take statins than in those who do not. Neither has a vestige of truth in them, and for both there is a superabundance of evidence that they are false myths. We also review a book about statistics and statisticians by Stephen Senn, a man not to be trifled with as he can name six famous Belgians. For 2004, we invite readers to send us examples of myths and legends for some evidential mythbusting.

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The first issue of Bandolier looked at GRiP, getting research into practice. Again, an important topic on which we (and others, for that matter) should do more. A heartening tale comes from the Veterans healthcare system in the USA, where a way was found to get an organisation to put evidence into practice, with great results. Why don't people write about how they managed to make a difference? Bandolier has room on its Internet site for those who would like to help others do what they have done.

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