Saturday, 18th MayLeft Brain Right Brain
It’s DSM 5 day
Thursday, 16th MayLeft Brain Right Brain
Why does Jenny McCarthy need Miss Montana?
Wednesday, 15th MayDC's Improbable Science
A curious letter from David Tredinnick MP, the government?s resident medical loon
It’s hard to know what to make of David Tredinnick MP (Cons, Bosworth). He is certainly an extreme example of the scientific ignorance of our parliamentary representatives, but he isn’t alone in that. Our present minister of Education, Michael Gove, memorably referred to Newton’s Laws of Thermodynamics, blissfully unaware that ...
Tuesday, 14th MayLetting Off Steam
Homeopathic PANDAS Trial
The homeopath Alan Freestone is proposing a trial to develop a homeopathic treatment for PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Diagnosis Associated with Streptococcal Infections). Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my opinion of homeopathy but we might all learn something from a properly conducted trial. Properly conducted. Aye, ... Bad Science
Why is Imperial College permitting Westminster public school to sell an internship?
Sunday, 12th MayLeft Brain Right Brain
Comment on: A Danish population-based twin study on autism spectrum disorders.
Friday, 10th MayStuff And Nonsense
The Arrogance of Ignorance: Anti-Vaccine Website Blunders Again
Misnamed anti-vaccine website Child Health Safety posted a blog recently in which a number of surprising claims were made with great certainty. I thought these claims sounded very dubious and it turned out that they were. It’s taken me a few days to get round to posting this debunking partly ...
Thursday, 9th MayMajikthyse
Too Impressed by their own Cleverness?
This is a rather belated review of the book Tarnished Gold: The Sickness of Evidence-based Medicine, by Steve Hickey and Hilary Roberts. It was published in 2011, and my attention was drawn to it when I was asked to comment on its claims, from the viewpoint of an experienced clinical ...
Tuesday, 7th MayBad Science
Shame on you, Sylvia Browne, for telling Amanda Berry’s mother her daughter was dead.
Left Brain Right Brain
Studies ‘supporting’ Andrew Wakefield
Monday, 6th May
Greg Simard pleads guilty in attempted murder of autistic boy
Friday, 3rd May
IMFAR study: No Differences in Early Immunization Rates Among Children with Typical Development and Autism Spectrum Disorders
A right Royal cock-up. Prince Andrew elected to the Royal Society
Today the Royal Society elected Andrew, Duke of York, as a “Royal Fellow”. Well, to be exact. 11% of them did. The numbers, which the Society has not made public, were as follows (as fraction of the electorate, 1300 Fellows) Yes 147 (11%) No 24 (2%) Blank ...
Tuesday, 30th April
Andrew Wakefield: Now, what about that debate?
Andrew Wakefield and Vaccine Safety
A few points about Steve Walker’s measles/autism study
Friday, 26th April
The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Terrible Track Record
Anti-vaccinationists have made a wide range of claims about the dangers of vaccines. In spite of the fact that they have generally had neither data nor a plausible mechanism for the claimed effect, several of their claims have been investigated by researchers. As it turns out, the anti-vaccinationists are remarkably ...
My evidence to the Science and Tech Select Committee inquiry on missing trial data
Thursday, 25th April
Suicide advert from Hyundai is almost surreally misguided
Wednesday, 24th April
How vaccine scares respect local cultural boundaries.
Monday, 22nd April
An example of why protections must be in place for special education funding
Friday, 19th April
Autism Science Foundation hosts live chat with David Amaral and Jill Locke tomorrow (Friday)
Sun Times: Lawsuit alleges school bus aide slapped autistic boy
Wednesday, 17th April
Mike Fitzpatrick calls Andrew Wakefield’s bluff. Wakefield moves goalposts
Andrew Wakefield: Don’t try to blame me for the results of what I said and did
Tuesday, 16th April
Autism reported at 1 in 50, but some parents no longer report their child is autistic. Can we say why?
Saturday, 13th April
Another update. Red meat doesn?t kill you, but the spin is fascinating
Jump to follow-up The latest news: eating read meat doesn’t do any harm. But why isn’t that said clearly? Alarmism makes better news, not only for journalists but for authors and university PR people too. I’ve already written twice about red meat. In May 2009 Diet and health. What can ...
Thursday, 11th April
California Department of Education sued
Wednesday, 10th April
ASAN Releases Policy Brief on Organ Transplant Discrimination; Meets with Senior HHS Leaders
Tuesday, 9th April
Stephen Bustin: Why There Is no Link Between Measles Virus and Autism