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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Harriet Hall   
Monday, 23 December 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.

No, carrying your cell phone in your bra will not cause breast cancer, no matter what Dr. Oz says (David Gorski)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/no-carrying-your-cell-phone-in-your-bra-will-not-cause-breast-cancer-no-matter-what-dr-oz-says/ Dr. Oz has been fear-mongering about the risks of carrying a cell phone in a bra, based only on one patient’s testimonial and 3 other anecdotal reports of breast cancer in young women. There is no evidence from controlled studies and no plausible mechanism whereby the non-ionizing radiation from cell phones could cause cancer. It is irresponsible to spread fears about cell phones without credible evidence.

And Now for Something Completely Different (Harriet Hall)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/and-now-for-something-completely-different/ In a departure from the usual single-topic posts, this post comments on several recent news items that are examples of science-based medicine in action. A baby may have been cured of AIDS, 2 people believed to be cured of AIDS relapsed, eating nuts may prolong your life, African Americans process vitamin D differently and may be falsely diagnosed as deficient, and a polio outbreak in China reminds us that no country is safe from polio.

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The Lessons of 2013 – Reductionist Science Wins Again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Steve Novella   
Friday, 20 December 2013 14:20

The end of the year is a time for looking back and remembering important and interesting science news of the year. There are often a few lessons one can learn from doing this. The first is always how crappy my memory is. It is amazing how much I forgot about. It’s also interesting to see if there are any trends evident – are we at the beginning of any new breakthroughs in science? In ten years is there anything we will look back on in 2013 and see as the beginning of something big?

For me one big lesson of 2013 was a news item that perhaps did not get as much attention as it deserved. The latest statistics on life expectancy of those with HIV infection jumped significantly over the last 10 years. In fact, for some populations – non-IV drug abusers who started treatment before their CD4 counts dropped below 350 – a 20 year old with HIV can expect to live into their late 70s and beyond.

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Death and strange nature: This week in Doubtful News for December 17, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon Hill   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:00

 Here is a rundown of the sad, anomalous and brain-scrambling stories of the week courtesy of Doubtful News.

There is death to report this week, sadly. 

There were two notable passings in the cryptozoology/paranormal/alternative history world announced this week. Proponent of the Starchild skull, claimed to be part alien, Lloyd Pye, passed away from cancer. Notably, he had been seeking alternative treatment. He advocated that the earth was colonized due to alien intervention.

Dr. Roy Mackal, famous for his forays into the Congolese swamps looking for living dinosaurs, presumably died in September but no further remarks were made upon this notable passing. Mackal was a well-known author and had a career as an academic in biology.

Targeting of polio workers in Pakistan continues as shootings continued by anti-vaccination militants 

What we can HOPE is the further steps to the passing away of the Burzynski cancer clinic, the FDA has issued serious letters to Stanislaw Burzynski noting violations.

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Last Week In Science Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dr. Harriet Hall   
Monday, 16 December 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.

An update on the case of Sarah Hershberger: Parental rights trump the right of a child with cancer to live (David Gorski)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/an-update-on-the-case-of-sarah-hershberger-parental-rights-trump-a-the-right-of-a-child-with-cancer-to-live/ The family of the Amish girl who stopped chemotherapy fled with her to Central America where she was treated with laetrile, chelation, detoxification, and natural supplements and is reportedly doing well. The court-appointed guardian has bowed out, arguing that she is not likely to see the child again and that it may already be too late for chemotherapy to help her. Her parents have traded an 85% chance of cure for a high likelihood of a painful death.

Chiropractic Reform: Myth or Reality? (Harriet Hall)  http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/chiropractic-reform-myth-or-reality/ The facts behind the accusation that a chiropractor broke a baby’s neck in Australia remain unclear, but there is no evidence to support chiropractic treatment of children. A recent survey of chiropractic practices in that country shed some light on the claim that chiropractic is “reforming” and becoming science-based. A substantial number of chiropractors are clearly still using quack methods.

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Randi's fight is our fight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D.J. Grothe   
Friday, 13 December 2013 15:13

Friends,

Happy Friday the 13th! (Or as we call it around the JREF, Friggatriskaidekaphobia Appreciation Day!). While we may sometimes make light of belief in superstitions like those surrounding Friday the 13th, our real work is to educate the public and the media with reliable information about pseudoscience and the paranormal, and to expose the paranormal hucksters who hurt so many people.

I’m writing you because we really need your help right now.

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