|August 3, 2016||Posted by News under Medicine, Peer review, Science|
Another health sciences correctitude goes down in flames. From Big Story: Last year, the Associated Press asked the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture for their evidence, and followed up with written requests under the Freedom of Information Act. When the federal government issued its latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation […]
|July 6, 2016||Posted by News under Medicine, News, Peer review|
From Gary Schwitzer at Health News Review: Since many papers on clinical research spawn, in turn, dozens or hundreds of news stories, one can easily see how a tsunami of not-ready-for-prime-time medical research news and information drowns the public daily. Ioannidis makes this link with one line in his article – “Public media and related […]
|June 6, 2016||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Medicine, Mind|
While we all sleep, our betters have plans for us. From Digital Journal: Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness. She made the assertion […]
|June 2, 2016||Posted by News under Medicine, News, Peer review|
From The Scientist: A former scientist at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago made up more than 70 experiments on heart cells, according to the Office of Research Integrity. According to his LinkedIn profile, Malhotra worked at an Ann Arbor, Michigan–based microscopy company called PicoCal and is now serving as cardiovascular and […]
|May 24, 2016||Posted by News under Medicine, News, Peer review|
From Gareth Cook at New York Times: Grace’s case became the subject of intense scientific scrutiny. How could such a notoriously recalcitrant cancer simply collapse? Why had she alone responded so extremely? Nobody was claiming that she was cured. But by the end of 2011, Grace felt this much was sure: Having asked for a […]
|February 3, 2016||Posted by News under Genetics, Medicine, News, Peer review|
From The Scientist: Many patients with genetic variations linked to cardiac disorders do not exhibit any symptoms, raising concerns about the validity of incidental findings of genetic tests. … “Over the last decade, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of new genetic variations, largely single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that might serve as biomarkers for many […]
|January 9, 2016||Posted by News under Medicine, News, Peer review|
Not only are mouse data often meaningless for humans, but according to a recent piece by Monya Baker in Nature News: Reports of hundreds of biomedical experiments lack essential information. Whereas reports of clinical trials in major medical journals routinely state how many patients die or drop out of analysis during the course of a […]
|January 8, 2016||Posted by News under Medicine, News, Peer review|
From RealClearScience: “Animal models are limited in their ability to mimic the extremely complex process of human carcinogenesis, physiology and progression,” McMaster University scientists Isabella Mak, Nathan Evaniew, and Michelle Ghert, wrote in 2014. “Therefore the safety and efficacy identified in animal studies is generally not translated to human trials.” While the systems that regulate […]
|November 18, 2015||Posted by News under Medicine, News|
From ScienceDaily: Stem-cell scientists redefine how blood is made, toppling conventional ‘textbook’ view The findings, published online in the journal Science, prove “that the whole classic ‘textbook’ view we thought we knew doesn’t actually even exist,” says principal investigator John Dick, Senior Scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network (UHN), and Professor in […]
|October 26, 2015||Posted by News under Medicine, News, Peer review|
From Reason: Epidemiology Makes Astrology Look Respectable Earlier this year, a review article in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that among other bad outcomes found in a bunch of mostly case-control studies that sitting all day at a desk job increased your risk of dying with a hazard ratio of 1.22 and 95 percent […]
|September 6, 2015||Posted by News under Medicine, Mind, Neuroscience, News|
A friend kindly linked us to a Reason feature on the alternative medicine “racket:” Behind the dubious medical claims of Dr. Mehmet Oz and Deepak Chopra is a decades-long strategy to promote alternative medicine to the American public. Twenty-three years ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began to investigate a wide variety of unconventional […]
|June 29, 2015||Posted by News under Medicine, Mind, News|
A view from alternative medicine and a view from anti-alternative medicine. The row was touched off by the Mayo Clinic offering alternative therapies (linked at sites). One reason this is an unusually difficult problem is that the patient’s view of what is happening is part of what is happening. As great physicists have noted, the mind […]
|April 4, 2015||Posted by News under Medicine, News|
The Scientist asks, Diverse mammals, including humans, have been found to carry distinct genomes in their cells. What does such genetic chimerism mean for health and disease? … One common cause of such microchimerism is maternal-fetal trafficking of cells during pregnancy. The placenta is not an unbreachable barrier. Evidence of two-way cell transport across the […]
|April 3, 2015||Posted by News under Medicine, News|
Someone at the Guardian asked: But who cares what language science is in, especially – you or I might ask – when it’s one we speak? In 2001, an editorial in the journal Nature Cell Biology argued (in English): “The use of a universal language for communication in science is unavoidable, and resisting this concept for […]
A former American Psychiatric Association president complains, why doesn’t psychiatry get respect as a science?
|February 24, 2015||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Medicine, Mind, News|
Calling it science should increase the public oversight, not decrease it. If it were self-acknowledged to be a cult, the standards of actionable harm might drop.
|November 16, 2014||Posted by News under Medicine, Mind, Neuroscience, News, Religion|
This isn’t really much of a surprise. The link between spirituality/religion and improved health is well established.
|September 14, 2014||Posted by News under Medicine, News|
O’Leary for News’s new media blog
|August 22, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Medicine, Naturalism, News|
Sometimes sounds that way. Gonna be ugly.
Michael Flannery: Why Down syndrome (vs. new species “Flores man”) is not popular with Darwin’s followers
|August 6, 2014||Posted by News under Human evolution, Intelligent Design, Medicine, News|
Michael Flannery: Never are we more human than when we are humane. We see ourselves most vividly in the care and attention we give to those who need us most.
|July 27, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Medicine, Mind, Neuroscience, News|
Remember when psychiatry was considered a science? High hopes. So what happened?