German scientists trade barbs over noise study

Researcher denies manipulating published data linking noise to heart attack

Ned Stafford (scientistnews@yahoo.com)
Jan 17, 2006
Two research teams used different methods to analyze the same set of data, now one is accusing the other of fraud. The accused, Stefan Willich, a scientist at Europe?s largest medical school, Germany?s Berlin Charité, denies manipulating research data for an article in the European Heart Journal linking high noise levels with an increased risk of heart attacks.?Our research and conclusions were based on high international scientific standards,? Willich, director of Berlin Charité?s Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, told The Scientist.In January 2005, Wolfgang Babisch, a scientist at Germany?s Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), published an article in the journal Epidemiology using the same data as Willich ? but finding very different conclusions. Willich and his team concluded that high noise levels increased the risk of heart attacks by 50% in men, and 200% in women. Babisch?s team, in contrast, concluded that high...

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