September 26, 2011

Stat of the Week Winner: September 17-23

Thank you for the large number of nominations for last week’s Stat of the Week competition.

This week’s winning statistic was first nominated by Deepika Sulekh:

Women who eat low-fat yoghurt while pregnant increase their chances of having children who develop asthma and hay fever.

Daily yoghurt consumption raised the odds 1.6 times of giving birth to a child who suffered from asthma by the age of seven.

We plan to write up some thoughts on this study once the paper is published and we’ve had a read. In the meantime read this blog post over at Junk Science.

(Special mention must go to Natalie’s comments about the “one in 3200 chance of the space junk hitting SOMEONE”.)