Month in Review: July 2022

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We know it’s not polite to air dirty laundry after a break-up, but Karin is on the blog this week with a new post all about why we just can’t stand behind narrative reviews anymore. The reason? They’re unscientific, unhelpful, and, if we’re being honest, we’ve met someone new.

Read about the organized, powerful, and helpful

review that’s stolen our hearts

That’s not all, of course. July has been busy for the team at Traverse. Review manager Tristen has worked hard at the WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making this month. She has learned so much about not only the state of the science, but also what the future holds for systematic reviews. The rest of the team is so excited to continue learning from Tristen’s experience and bring our clients the most useful, most powerful results possible.

And finally, some of our other favorites from July:

Evidence-driven supplement and nutrition advice, plus memes? Sign us up.

We’re drawn to because their mission mirrors our own, and is centered on consumer empowerment. They share not just what the evidence suggests, but also help their members understand the strength of the evidence they’re looking at. And their social media is fun and informative.




Disinformation and visibility on social media is a big problem

  • Cochrane’s discussion of mis/disinformation and visibility on social media is insightful and frustrating in the same breath. Social media is crucial to consumer outreach and empowerment; making sure the best evidence makes it to the forefront is key to an informed future. How can we make sure that happens?

This article on citation bias.

Citation bias is a serious concern (and a big reason why we avoid narrative methods.). This article discusses citation bias in reviews on low-energy sweeteners got us thinking. As scientists, we strive to be unbiased, though as humans, we often fall short. While the results of this study are thought-provoking on their own, we’re particularly interested in how this method can be applied to any body of evidence that shows mixed conclusions.

Fill your feed with fruit.

We love how Mariani Packing Co seamlessly blends informative content with beautiful photos and deep pride in their family-run business.




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