Throw Hygiene to the Wind to Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk?
In a few weeks, I’ll begin teaching an undergraduate research course for aspiring human service professionals. The goal is not so much to teach them how to conduct research; instead, the goal is to help them become good consumers of research – that is, to evaluate whether a study has merit, if the researchers asked a good question, and whether there may be other explanations for the findings. That way, the students will know which studies to rely upon to inform their practice. The best way to teach skills like this is through real examples. And boy, did I find a great one when I read about a study led by researchers at the University of Cambridge regarding the “hygiene hypothesis” and Alzheimer’s disease.