Friday, 18th April

Letting Off Steam

Shiitake Mushrooms and Cervical Cancer
By jaycueaitch

The Daily Mail’s Project Oncology appears to have appears to have discovered shiitake mushrooms with an item headlined “Could MUSHROOMS prevent cervical cancer?” Inevitably, this possible natural cancer cure has been picked up by Natural News. In fact it is not the mushrooms themselves but an extract of shiitake mushrooms ...

Wednesday, 16th April

DC's Improbable Science


Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: a review
By David Colquhoun

This is a web version of a review of Peter Gotzsche’s book. It appeared in the April 2014 Healthwatch Newsletter. Read the whole newsletter. It has lots of good stuff. Their newsletters here. Healthwatch has been exposing quackery since 1989. Their first newsletter is still relevant.a Most new drugs and ...

Left Brain Right Brain


#StopCombatingMe: A New PSA from ASAN
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Left Brain Right Brain


Jenny McCarthy tries to position herself as in the “grey area” on vaccines
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Monday, 7th April

Left Brain Right Brain


IACC Issues Statement Regarding Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Stuff And Nonsense


Guardian Publishes Article On Vitamin Pills Written By Vitamin Pill Salesman
By jdc325

The note at the bottom of this Guardian article ‘the science behind dietary supplements’ states that the website mentioned in the article is “an independent encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition. It does not accept advertising.” However, nowhere in the article does it mention any other website that the author is involved with. Well, ...

Sunday, 6th April

Left Brain Right Brain


Presidential Proclamation — World Autism Awareness Day, 2014
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Left Brain Right Brain


IACC Meeting this Tuesday
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Saturday, 5th April

Stuff And Nonsense


Crazy Hypothesis Amnesty
By jdc325

I’m interested in daft, unlikely, or outright weird ideas (there used to be a non-peer-reviewed journal for this) and would like to read yours. I like daft ideas and I think as long as you don’t assume they’re true, they’re probably pretty harmless (as well as having the benefit of entertaining ...

Friday, 4th April

Stuff And Nonsense


Weird Cold Symptoms ? Is It Just Me?
By jdc325

The symptom checker at webmd.com gives the following symptoms for the common cold: Cough Pain or discomfort Decreased appetite Fatigue Hoarse voice Runny nose Sore throat Nasal congestion Fever Body aches or pains Decreased smell Weirdly, I get some slightly odd symptoms not mentioned here. And one that contradicts the ...

Friday, 28th March

Stuff And Nonsense


WDDTY: Dr Verkerk, Evil Big Pharma, and Supplements
By jdc325

Dr Robert Verkerk has written an opinion piece for the April 2014 issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You. Verkerk’s article is essentially a complaint about Big Pharma being involved in selling vitamin pills, and he ends by recommending that people use ‘natural’ forms of supplements not made by Big Pharma as ...

Monday, 24th March

DC's Improbable Science


On the hazards of significance testing. Part 2: the false discovery rate, or how not to make a fool of yourself with P values
By David Colquhoun

This post shows that if you declare that you have made a discovery when a significance test give P = 0.047, you will be wrong at least 30% of the time, and up to 80% of the time is the experiment is small.

Sunday, 23rd March

Letting Off Steam


Bad Environmental Science
By jaycueaitch

Like many local authority housing blocks we have a recycling bin. We used to have three but two were taken away, with the result that the remaining one is permanently overflowing. I contacted Lewisham Council’s waste disposal team to point out the problem. I was told that the other two ...

Friday, 21st March

Left Brain Right Brain


Yep, measles is still a killing disease
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Thursday, 13th March

Bad Science


Statins have no side effects? What our study really found, its fixable flaws, and why trials transparency matters (again).
By Ben Goldacre

Tuesday, 11th March

Left Brain Right Brain


Meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

DC's Improbable Science


On the hazards of significance testing. Part 1: the screening problem
By David Colquhoun

This post is about why screening healthy people is generally a bad idea. It is the first in a series of posts on the hazards of statistics.

Saturday, 8th March

Left Brain Right Brain


Autism an inside job: a webinar by 9/11 truthers and some names you might recognize.
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Sunday, 2nd March

Left Brain Right Brain


More Canary Party financial documents
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Saturday, 1st March

Left Brain Right Brain


A cause célèbre for those claiming vaccines cause autism
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Thursday, 27th February

Stuff And Nonsense


WHO TCM Strategy
By jdc325

The World Health Organisation has published this document: PDF. It’s their traditional medicine strategy for 2014-23. Here’s just one of the things that raised an eyebrow or two: Strategic actions for Member States: 1. Based on the greatest potential risks and/or benefits attributable to T&CM used in their country: a. monitor the ...

Friday, 21st February

Majikthyse


The Myth of Big Pharma
By majikthyse

Forty years ago this year (god, can it be so long?), I joined the pharmaceutical industry. Its reputation then was little better then than it is now, various companies having weathered scandals in the previous two decades. In the 1950s Pfizer was top UK company by a long way, on ...

Tuesday, 18th February

Letting Off Steam


Did an Earthquake Create the Turin Shroud?
By jaycueaitch

Last week I read a claim that the Turin Shroud could in fact date from the time of Christ and is not a medieval forgery. The reason for believing it to be a forgery is the fact that three independent tests have “concluded with 95% confidence that the shroud material ...

Thursday, 6th February

DC's Improbable Science


Some pharmacological history: an exam from 1959
By David Colquhoun

Last year, I was sent my answer paper for one of my final exams, taken in 1959. This has triggered a bout of shamelessly autobiographical nostalgia. The answer sheets that I wrote had been kept by one of my teachers at Leeds, Dr George Mogey. After he died in 2003, ...

Wednesday, 5th February

DC's Improbable Science


La Trobe University (Melbourne) takes money to promote quackery
By David Colquhoun

This post is the original version of a post by Michael Vagg. It was posted at the Conversation but taken down within hours, on legal advice. Sadly, the Conversation has a track record for pusillanimous behaviour of this sort. It took minutes before the cached version reappeared on freezepage.com. I’m ...

Wednesday, 29th January

Majikthyse


Charities, Evidence and Vulnerable Minors
By majikthyse

It’s about a year since Neon Roberts was famously spirited away by his mother to a holistic therapy refuge, in defiance of the courts, because she disagreed with the treatment options offered by his oncologist. As ever, it’s not a black and white case, and I have some sympathy with ...

Monday, 27th January

Letting Off Steam


The Not So Clear Cut Link Between Mouthwashing and Heart Attacks
By jaycueaitch

According to the Mail on Sunday, mouthwashes are a major health hazard. I’m not convinced. The item opens by saying: Using mouthwash is a ‘disaster’ for health, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, scientists are warning. Sounds pretty bad. Anybody reading beyond that scary first paragraph will learn ...

Saturday, 25th January

Left Brain Right Brain


Comment on “Potential Impact of DSM-5 Criteria on Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Estimates”
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Thursday, 23rd January

Left Brain Right Brain


Comment on: Wrong About Vaccine Safety: A Review of Andrew Wakefield’s “Callous Disregard”
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Wednesday, 22nd January

Left Brain Right Brain


A vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study and, guess what, vaccinated kids do better on tests
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)

Left Brain Right Brain


Mayer Eisenstein files for bankruptcy…again
By Sullivan (Matt Carey)