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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Harriet Hall   
Monday, 07 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.

Obamacare, the Oregon Experiment, and Medicaid (David Gorski)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/obamacare-the-oregon-experiment-and-medicaid/ One provision of the Affordable Care Act was ruled unconstitutional: the mandatory expansion of Medicare to cover all people under 65 up to 133% of the federal poverty level. In Michigan, the expansion was voluntarily adopted, despite the assertion that Medicaid doesn’t improve health outcomes. Does it? The evidence is complicated.

Answering Our Critics, Part 2 of 2: What’s the Harm? (Harriet Hall)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/answering-our-critics-part-2-of-2-whats-the-harm/ Part 2 continues the list of rebuttals to critics of science-based medicine. What’s the harm if people want to try a treatment that is unproven or even disproven? There are several kinds of harm, even occasional deaths; and it is unethical to offer placebos except perhaps as “comfort measures” without promise of therapeutic benefit. Doctors can sometimes relax scientific rigor in the interests of compassion, but in general they should do what is best for patients rather than what patients think they want.

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Psychic Doesn’t See It Coming PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamy Ian Swiss   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:00

Skeptics got to celebrate a major legal victory for rationality last week when Florida psychic Rose Marks, was convicted on 14 counts of her criminal prosecution for fraud.

Prosecutors were able to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Marks was the head of a larger Romani family ring of psychic con-men-and-women operating in both New York City and South Florida. The jury was unaware of the fact that Marks’s two sons and their wives, her daughter and son-in-law, along with her sister and granddaughter had all previously been charged in the original indictments, but none had gone to trial as all had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire/mail fraud.

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Skeptic History: October Anniversaries PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Farley   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:00

 I like to highlight items from the history of skepticism, so newer skeptics can learn how we've arrived where we are today. To this end, I post a daily fact from skeptic history on social media.  

Here are a few notable skeptical anniversaries for the month of October 2013:

 

25th Anniversary: On October 1, 1988 The U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program began operation. It was created after a series of lawsuits caused some pharmaceutical companies to withdraw their vaccine products from the market. This resulted in vaccine shortages that endangered the public health.

 

20th Anniversary: October 1, 1993: A lengthy legal battle between the Church of Scientology and the U.S. government ends when the church is finally granted tax-exempt status by the IRS.

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Psychic fraud in jail: This week in Doubtful News for October 1, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:00

 Here is this week's summary of the odd, the scary, and the confusing courtesy of Doubtful News. 

Big News as the Marks family matriarch is found guilty on all 14 counts of various bad things.

For a chronology of the trial, go here. This verdict is very important. A psychic is in JAIL! This was a huge decision where the jury decided that even though fortune telling is free speech, stringing people along with promises is not OK even when they voluntarily give you their money for "advice". It seems clear the jury thought that she was not providing a valid service but taking advantage of people in troubling situations. This decision is very satisfying and should be referred to often. 

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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Harriet Hall   
Monday, 30 September 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.

Obesity, cancer, and chemotherapy (David Gorski)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/obesity-cancer-and-chemotherapy/   Obese people may be getting chemotherapy doses that are too small for them. Calculating their dose based on weight gives doses high enough to scare clinicians, and they dial it back. But lower doses result in lower survival rates without decreasing the risk of complications. The final answer isn’t in, but the American Society of Clinical Oncology has issued new guidelines.

Answering Our Critics, Part 1 of 2 (Harriet Hall)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/answering-our-critics-part-1-of-2/ The critics of science-based medicine keep bringing up the same old memes. They are listed and refuted here to save time in answering them in the future. They range from accusations that we are shills for Big Pharma to “it worked for me” to “natural is better.”

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