Article Archive for February 2010

A case study in nurse practitioners
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 28 February 2010
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Autistic people are dangerous weirdoes, just like Gordon Brown
By gimpy
Posted in syndicated on 28 February 2010
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Autistic people are dangerous weirdoes, just like Gordon Brown.  Or that is what you could think if you read the musings of political journalists.
This blog has often bemoaned the state of modern day journalism with respect to the obvious quackeries of homeopathy, nutritionism and chiropractic where sensational claims are treated with all the skepticism of [...]

Denied!
By Left Brain/Right Brain
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2010
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In praise of pediatricians
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2010
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Obvious quacks: the tip of a scary medical iceberg
By Ben Goldacre
Posted in syndicated on 27 February 2010
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Successful blogging by Steven Novella: the Desiree Jennings story
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2010
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Medical Myths: Thalidomide
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2010
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Does the thalidomide scandal illustrate the worthlessness of animal testing? Did journalists uncover the scandal of a drug with teratogenic effects being prescribed to pregnant women? Was there a cover-up by the medical establishment?

The Pod Delusion #23
By Pod Delusion
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2010
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Homeopathy (sigh) again, in The Times
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 26 February 2010
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Yes, it’s that most boring of non-medicine topics, homeopathy, again.  At lunchtime on Thursday I got a call from a Times journallst, Fay Schopen, to ask if I could do 500 words on the Science and Technology Committee’s Evidence Check report on homeopathy. Bang goes another evening.  The (im)balance was provided by Sara Eames, President [...]

ABC Radio interviews Brian Deer
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2010
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Balls to Sex Education
By Tessera
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2010
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The Government’s plans for better sex education in all schools has been watered down by an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to ‘reflect [their] religious character’ in the way PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) is taught.

The amendment comes after what the Catholic Education Service described as a period of ‘extensive lobbying’.

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Attempting the Impossible
By David
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2010
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Since the year 2000, a global network of scientists has been attempting something that is seemingly impossible. The Census of Marine Life is the first ever effort to record everything that lives in the World’s Oceans and Seas.

The majority of all records of life in the oceans have been taken from depths of less than 100m, it is clear that even a ten year project such as COML will struggle to map every living organism. Even so, since the work began, researchers have identified over 5600 new species. To demonstrate the sheer scale of the marine world, the initial COML report estimates that there are still over 1 million species that have yet to be described.

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Royal Mail celebrates 350 years of the Royal Society
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2010
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A set of special commemorative stamps is being launched today to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. The stamps feature ten of the most prominent historical fellows, as chosen by leading figures in the society today.

How many can you name? Answers below the fold!

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Cherry-Picking the Society of Homeopaths
By andrew
Posted in syndicated on 25 February 2010
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To discover how honest homeopaths are, here is a passage from the Society of Homeopaths’ website, edited for accuracy:
Homeopathy simply explained: What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an effective system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person [...]

British Chiropractic Association Give Statement on Singh Libel Hearing
By Martin
Posted in syndicated on 24 February 2010
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I’ll be filing a piece for The Guardian tomorrow on the latest developments surrounding Simon Singh’s judge-baffling libel case. In the meantime, I’ve been approaching various people for comment, and I’ve managed to get a statement from the BCA. Here it is in it’s full, informative glory, followed by my own in-depth analysis.

“Thanks for your email and request for interview and comment. The BCA is currently not providing any comment but as matters progress this might change and if it does we’ll contact you. Sorry we can’t help at this time.”

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Did Dore deceive the CIC Regulator?
By gimpy
Posted in syndicated on 24 February 2010
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When I blogged on Dynevor Ltds, owner of the Dore Programme, successful application to become a CIC I criticised them on several grounds, in particular they submitted statements of the programmes efficacy not borne out by the published data. In these statements they made claims that the Advertising Standards Authority have specifically forbidden Dynevor CIC [...]

God Squad
By Tessera
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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Evening all. Constable George Dixon with you again.

Last month I told you about the Home Office giving the Christian Police Association £10,000 to fight crime with the power of prayer.

This month, there’s more on prayer and policework. Inspector Roger Bartlett of Devon and Cornwall police has said that he is ‘convinced’ faith has a positive effect on policing. And he has proof. Let’s take a look at that while I have my tea break.

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The BBC have found someone whose cancer was cured by homeopathy
By Ben Goldacre
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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The Problem of Faith
By cdk007
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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Plug-in Hybrids: Renewable Energy Solution of the Month
By Peter Sinclair
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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The Pod Delusion #22
By Pod Delusion
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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The Pod Delusion #21
By Pod Delusion
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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The Pod Delusion #20
By Pod Delusion
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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The Pod Delusion - 10:23 Special
By Pod Delusion
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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The Pod Delusion #19
By Pod Delusion
Posted in syndicated on 23 February 2010
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