Article Archive for May 2011

Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 31 May 2011
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Acupuncturists show that acupuncture doesn?t work, but conclude the opposite: journal fails
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 31 May 2011
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One wonders about the standards of peer review at the British Journal of General Practice. The June issue has a paper, "Acupuncture for ‘frequent attenders’ with medically unexplained symptoms: a randomised controlled trial (CACTUS study)". It has lots of numbers, but the result is very easy to see. Just look at their Figure. There is [...]

Autism and autism – two shades of the same thing
By Kev
Posted in syndicated on 30 May 2011
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Measles, vaccination and homeopaths
By apgaylard
Posted in syndicated on 30 May 2011
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Looking at what some homoeopaths say on their websites about measles, MMR and vaccination. Apparently “Trying to remove a disease from the world all together might “upset the balance of Nature in fundamental ways that we can barely imagine”

PaulOffit.com, a tempest in a teapot
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 28 May 2011
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Willett?s private university in trouble. Private Eye explains
By David Colquhoun
Posted in syndicated on 28 May 2011
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We live under a highly ideological government. It wishes to privatise everything in sight, not least universities and the National Health Service. Of course they don’t put it that way: they call it “reform”. It’s easier to deal with open ideology than with ideology disguised as social reform, but luckily a 10-year old could see [...]

Matthew Israel avoids prison – just
By Kev
Posted in syndicated on 25 May 2011
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Autism vs Symptoms of Autism Part II
By Kev
Posted in syndicated on 25 May 2011
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David Geier ousted from autism commission
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 24 May 2011
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Quantumwave laser quackery
By apgaylard
Posted in syndicated on 23 May 2011
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A review of low level laser therapy and a discussion of some fantasy physics claim made by a site selling devices of this type. Lots of hype, little evidence.

Existential angst about the bigger picture
By Ben Goldacre
Posted in syndicated on 23 May 2011
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Curing autism
By Kev
Posted in syndicated on 23 May 2011
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We should so blatantly do more randomised trials on policy
By Ben Goldacre
Posted in syndicated on 23 May 2011
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How to make delicious bacterial culture jellies
By SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 23 May 2011
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So a few weeks back we had a super-nerdy science party, and I thought you might like to know how to mount your own. So here’s how to make delicious desserts that look like bacterial cultures. This works builds on previous research carried out by Rehorst et al.

You’ll need:

  • Petri dishes
  • Jello
  • Rice pudding
  • Angel Delight
  • Lab notebook
  • Protective clothing
  • Rum (optional)
  • Jelly sweets
  • Food colouring
  • Icing for decorating cookies
  • And any of the following: cocoa, brown sugar, maple syrup, cake decorations, chocolate drops…

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Duking The Stats 3: Arbitrary Rewards
By kelvinthroop
Posted in syndicated on 19 May 2011
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I was at an INSET recently about behaviour and behaviour policies. It was … interesting. The trainer banged on enthusiastically about rewarding good behaviour and working. Nothing exactly new there – my own teachers four decades ago would give housepoints for good work and deduct them for bad. I pointed out that the practice was [...]

McKinsey save the NHS
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 19 May 2011
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Perhaps this time I’ve gone too far….
By Sullivan
Posted in syndicated on 19 May 2011
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