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You Too Can Be A Mindreader PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamy Ian Swiss   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:00

Recently I came across a piece in “The New York Times” health and science section entitled “Can You Read People’s Emotions?” After a brief introduction, the reader was presented with a test claiming to measure your ability to assess people’s emotions by “reading” the expression of their eyes.

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Drawing the line: This week in Doubtful News for October 15, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:00

Here is this week's summary of the questionable claims, supposed miracles and outright frauds courtesy of Doubtful News 

Another psychic found guilty of fraud charges. Sylvia Mitchell faces jail in New York.

And more of the Marks family are sentenced. 

A fight over vaccinating children ends up with parents in court in the U.K. The pro-vaccine parent has science on his side.   

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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Harriet Hall   
Monday, 14 October 2013 09:00

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo-woo in medicine.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Revisiting the epitome of “integrative” cancer care (David Gorski) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/cancer-treatment-centers-of-america-revisiting-the-epitome-of-integrative-cancer-care/ The Cancer Treatment Centers of America offer integrative oncology with treatments like naturopathy, homeopathy, herbal preparations, hydrotherapy, chiropractic, aromatherapy, and ear acupuncture. They also attempt to rebrand certain science-based modalities as somehow being “alternative.” And they offer “Genomic Tumor Assessment,” something that is promising but not yet ready for prime time. The entire enterprise is irredeemably tainted by pseudoscience and quackery.

Biotin: Haircuts Plus Health Advice? (Harriet Hall)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/biotin-haircuts-plus-health-advice/ Health advice from a questionable source (a hair salon) turns out to be reasonable. Biotin was shown effective for brittle nails in 3 small preliminary studies. While the evidence is still far from definitive, biotin appears to be safe, is based on a plausible mechanism, is supported by data from animal studies, and is arguably the best remedy to try for brittle nails as we wait for further research.

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New Videos from The Amaz!ng Meeting 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JREF Staff   
Friday, 11 October 2013 16:28

If you missed The Amaz!ng Meeting 2013, you can still catch great talks on science and skepticism given live from the TAM 2013 stage, at the James Randi Educational Foundation's YouTube page. Watch out for new videos that will be posted each week!

Today, we are happy to share the first three videos:

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Quackery Awareness Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Steve Novella   
Friday, 11 October 2013 09:00

In June of 2009 the British Homeopathic Association declared “homeopathy awareness week.” I obliged by writing a post making the public more aware of the superstitious nonsense that is homeopathy. I, in fact, want people to be aware of exactly what homeopathy is, because most of the public does not know what absurd pseudoscience it is.

Now I have to extend the favor to naturopathy – because the US has declared October 7-13 Naturopathy Awareness Week. They managed to squeeze in this critical vote prior to shutting down the government. Here is the resolution:

S.Res.221 – A resolution designating the week of October 7 through October 13, 2013, as “Naturopathic Medicine Week” to recognize the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.

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