Medical Myths: Thalidomide

February 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm (Bad Science) (, , , , , , , , )

Thalidomide, Animal Testing, And Investigative Journalism

There are some apparently misreported ‘facts’ about thalidomide that seem to keep cropping up – for example, that the teratogenic effects were covered up by the medical profession, that it was investigative journalists that uncovered the scandal of the purported cover-up, and that thalidomide proves that animal testing is useless. Read the rest of this entry »

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Evidence: Government Policy and Homeopathy

February 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm (government, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Politics) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Science and Technology Select Committee’s report [PDF] on homeopathy and the accompanying press release are rather critical of some of the individuals and groups referred to in the report. Here is just a sample of the targets for criticism: Read the rest of this entry »

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Morality, Evidence and Policy: Torture

February 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm (Miscellaneous, Politics) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Should we use torture to gain information?

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The News You Didn’t Read: MMR Safe

February 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , , )

Andrew Wakefield wrong? No connection between measles vaccination and autism? Not the kind of story the mainstream media are interested in. It doesn’t matter what quality of evidence you put before the press – what matters to them is the kind of story that the evidence can be claimed to support. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cochrane Reviews of Homeopathy

February 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm (Alternative Medicine, Homeopathy) (, , , , , , , , , )

Is there enough evidence in favour of homeopathy for it to be used for ADHD, asthma, or dementia? The best way to find out is probably to conduct a systematic review. Fortunately, someone has already done this for each of these conditions – and for others. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultural Bias in Scientific Research

February 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm (Bad Science, Miscellaneous) (, )

This paper is a systematic review of controlled trials that asks the question “Do certain countries produce only positive results?” The authors conclude that: Read the rest of this entry »

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Boosting Your Serotonin or Exploiting Your Depression?

February 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm (Bad Science, Big Pharma, Homeopathy, Patrick Holford) (, , , , , , , , )

What do Big Pharma, Patrick Holford, and Homeopaths all have in common? Well, apart from any other similarities, they all claim to be able to “boost your serotonin”, “remedy your neurotransmitter imbalance”, or help you to “overcome depression.” Read the rest of this entry »

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