Article Archive for February 2009

Briffa On Fluoridation
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 28 February 2009
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Dr John Briffa has a blog. His latest post is about fluoridation. I think I agree with Dr Briffa on some points: for one thing, it seems to me that the benefits of fluoridation are often overstated; there is also the issue of informed consent. I’m uncomfortable with the idea of “mass medication” where those [...]

Cancer and the magic lamp
By apgaylard
Posted in syndicated on 28 February 2009
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A woman is left with terminal breast cancer after 2½ years of Bioptron therapy. No one said it could cure cancer; but Bioptron AG and a CAM Institute don’t respect evidence.

Measles and Vaccination
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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Today’s post looks at how serious measles is and what difference vaccination against measles has made.
How serious is measles?
Very. The Lay Science blog has covered this topic here. The post includes details of recent outbreaks of measles:
Italy, 2002: 4 deaths, 594 hospitalizations.
California, 1989/90: 75 deaths, 3,390 hospital admissions.
Japan, 2000: 88 deaths.
Germany, 2006: 160 children [...]

Science turns sloth into hot girl
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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“Were lasers cool?” is a mandatory question in most peer reviews

Grow your own drugs
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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Carnival of the Liberals LXXXV
By Martin
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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Welcome to this weeks slightly late Carnival of the Liberals! Obama has been in the White House for a month or so, but prisoners are still being abused in Gitmo, U.S. forces are still fighting the War-Formerly-Known-As-The-War-On-Terror, humanity is still farting CO2 from every orifice, and the economy is lower than Dolly Parton’s unsupported nipples. On the plus side, Europeans now like America again, although not your plague of hamburger franchises.

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Working women almost certainly caused the credit crunch
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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Roy Rutherford (key Dore figure) has a misleading CV
By jonhw
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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It is a sadly recurrent theme that figures from the world of AltMed tend to pad their CVs - Dr Roy Rutherford seems to be one of these although the GMC explicitly advises against such practices.

Octopus exacts revenge on human captors, floods aquarium
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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octopus_CC_wellcome_images.pngA mischievous octopus is being held responsible over the flooding of a Californian aquarium after sabotaging the filtration system. Employees at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium arrived at work yesterday to find their offices soaked with hundreds of gallons of seawater. The source of the flood was traced to the aquarium’s small two-spotted octopus. Staff member Brianne Emhiser stated in a press release:

“Our best guess is that the octopus, who is incredibly gregarious and curious, tugged on a valve in her tank last night causing a steady stream of water to overflow out of the tank.”

The calculated act of vandalism comes just months after a major refurbishment replaced all the flooring in the offices.

Octopuses - is there anything they can’t do?

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Octopus exacts revenge on human captors, floods aquarium
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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octopus_CC_wellcome_images.pngA mischievous octopus is being held responsible over the flooding of a Californian aquarium after sabotaging the filtration system. Employees at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium arrived at work yesterday to find their offices soaked with hundreds of gallons of seawater. The source of the flood was traced to the aquarium’s small two-spotted octopus. Staff member Brianne Emhiser stated in a press release:

“Our best guess is that the octopus, who is incredibly gregarious and curious, tugged on a valve in her tank last night causing a steady stream of water to overflow out of the tank.”

The calculated act of vandalism comes just months after a major refurbishment replaced all the flooring in the offices.

Octopuses - is there anything they can’t do?

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Octopus exacts revenge on human captors, floods aquarium
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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octopus_CC_wellcome_images.pngA mischievous octopus is being held responsible over the flooding of a Californian aquarium after sabotaging the filtration system. Employees at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium arrived at work yesterday to find their offices soaked with hundreds of gallons of seawater. The source of the flood was traced to the aquarium’s small two-spotted octopus. Staff member Brianne Emhiser stated in a press release:

“Our best guess is that the octopus, who is incredibly gregarious and curious, tugged on a valve in her tank last night causing a steady stream of water to overflow out of the tank.”

The calculated act of vandalism comes just months after a major refurbishment replaced all the flooring in the offices.

Octopuses - is there anything they can’t do?

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Octopus exacts revenge on human captors, floods aquarium
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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octopus_CC_wellcome_images.pngA mischievous octopus is being held responsible over the flooding of a Californian aquarium after sabotaging the filtration system. Employees at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium arrived at work yesterday to find their offices soaked with hundreds of gallons of seawater. The source of the flood was traced to the aquarium’s small two-spotted octopus. Staff member Brianne Emhiser stated in a press release:

“Our best guess is that the octopus, who is incredibly gregarious and curious, tugged on a valve in her tank last night causing a steady stream of water to overflow out of the tank.”

The calculated act of vandalism comes just months after a major refurbishment replaced all the flooring in the offices.

Octopuses - is there anything they can’t do?

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Professor Carmella’s Psychic Studio
By Magic Darts
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2009
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A Brilliant Argument
By andrew
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Watch this video. It features the most amazing argument you will ever see:

You may know already that I’m a fan of Ben Goldacre, but it’s not him. I found his style of agument quite conservative and traditional: people have been trying to win arguments by pointing out the gaping holes in their opponents’ ideas for [...]

Jeremy Sherr - in breach of Tanzanian law?
By gimpy
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Jeremy Sherr, the homeopath who is carrying out homeopathic trials on AIDS patients in the developing world with the support of the homeopathic establishment, believed he was justified in his actions on account of a recently passed bill in Tanzanian law*.
Sigs explained about the Tanzanian law that support homoeopathy and other traditional medicines; Traditional and [...]

Tedious excuses and housekeeping
By Magic Darts
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Freedom Bill - a move in the right direction
By teekblog
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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SciencePunk Art Challenge: redesign Ben’s book!
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Today the Big Daddy of bad science journalism, Ben Goldacre, received the advance new-look copies of his fantastically brilliant book, Bad Science. He didn’t take well to having his picture in it, either because he is so modest he gets flustered by these things, or because he is in reality several different people engaged in an elaborate ruse the meaning of which we cannot fathom.

Anyway, all his harping inspired me demonstrate just how bad the Bad Science cover redesign could have been. His publishers may, for example, have tried to boost female readership by breaking into the misery-lit market:

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But then, how good could it have gone? I mean, what if Ben’s book had come out in the 1960s?

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What do you think? Could you design a better / worse cover? Special points for using Ben’s face on the front or making him appear to be berserk with rage. Only real quotes from or about the book allowed. Winner gets a free copy of the Bad Science book. Email your efforts, no matter how crude, to webmaster@sciencepunk.com.

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Ben Goldacre discusses ‘Facebook causes cancer’ story on Newsnight
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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“It's risky to say that the priorities of what research is done should be set by articles in the Daily Mail”

“One glass of wine a day increases cancer risk”
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Trust in bloggers to investigate properly

Brain Training sham
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Bought the game? You failed the first test.

Rachel Roberts tries to defend homeopathy but breaches the Cancer Act 1939
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Recently I wrote a piece for the National Health Executive (”the Independent Journal for Senior Health Service Managers”), with the title Medicines that contain no medicine and other follies. 
In the interests of what journalists call balance (but might better be called equal time for the Flat Earth Society), an article appeared straight after [...]

Patrick Holford Advises You to Remove Mercury Fillings and Undergo Chelation But Is Still Silent About Andrew Wakefield?
By dvnutrix
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford is still ignoring the sore thumb issue of Dr Andrew Wakefield and the findings of fraud and deliberate manipulation in association with his research. Holford is advising people to take his advice, buy his books and supplements and undergo unevidenced interventions such as chelation for unproven heavy metal toxicity.

Oops! The Kirby Autism-Speaks connection.
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2009
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Did you think that was it? More MMR bull arrives
By Kev
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2009
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Pure Water Fetishists
By Dr* T
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2009
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A Million Women Drinking
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2009
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Suicidal DIY
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2009
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Aphids repair their homes with the bodies of sacrificed soldiers

The Graceless Dr Michael Dixon OBE
By Le Canard Noir
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2009
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Stupid autism article in the Independent, and Research Autism are not helping
By jonhw
Posted in syndicated on 24 February 2009
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We were surprised to seeing the Independent running a story by Rob Sharp which can be summed up as ‘autistic child develops as she gets older (while parents invest lots of time and money in dubious treatments)’. This may be shocking to Independent journalists, but autism is a developmental difference, not developmental stasis. [...]