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Systemic inflammation and brachial artery endothelial function in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
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    Statistical significance vs clinical importance
    • Greg Atkinson, Professor of Health Sciences and Biostatistics
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      • Alan M Batterham

    The primary finding reported in this study [1] is a correlation coefficient of -0.042 between the inflammatory marker of interleukin IL-6 and the percentage flow-mediated dilation index (FMD%). The difference between this correlation coefficient and zero is statistically significant (P=0.02) for the large sample of participants that was studied (n=3404).

    Here we have a clear illustration of why it is important to...

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